12The only thing that matters are the consequences of an action (Consequentialist Principle), the only consequences that matter is happiness/unhappiness (Hedonic Principle) and the happiness of everyone should be equally considered (Equity Principle).
14As an empiricist, he believes that knowledge is a posteriori (comes through experience). Mill thinks that we cannot know in advance whether an action is right or wrong, it is only by predicting what the consequences will be that we can establish what is right and wrong.
15What did Bentham think were humanity’s sovereign masters?
22The Hedonic Calculus has seven features, which must be used in order to evaluate competing pleasures.
23Why does Mill think the Hedonic Calculus is not adequate?
24Mill thinks the amount of pleasure we can get from an act is less important than the quality of pleasure we get from an act. He thinks that some pleasures are qualitatively different from one another.
25What system does Mill believe sorts out the qualitative problem?
40Act Utilitarians ask what would happen if they do a certain thing Act Utilitarians ask what would happen if they do a certain thing. They examine each situation individually and try to work out what the consequences will be.
42Rule Utilitarians ask what would happen if there was no such law Rule Utilitarians ask what would happen if there was no such law. They believe that laws are in place for the long-term benefit of all. Don’t lie or always keep your promises are rules that generally are in everyone’s best interests.
43What is the division within Rule Utilitarianism?
44Hard/strong Rule Utilitarians and Weak/soft Rule Utilitarianism.
45Don’t lie – explain how strong and weak Rule would interpret this!
46Strong Rule – never lie Weak Rule – only lie in extreme cases but the rule should remain.