Jeremy Bentham

1748 - 1832

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham (; 15 February 1748 [O.S. 4 February 1747] – 6 June 1832) was an English philosopher, jurist, and social reformer regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.Bentham defined as the "fundamental axiom" of his philosophy the principle that "it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong." He became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He advocated individual and economic freedoms, the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and (in an unpublished essay) the decriminalising of homosexual acts. He called for the abolition of slavery, capital punishment and physical punishment, including that of children. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jeremy Bentham has received more than 2,671,623 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 79th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Jeremy Bentham ranks 77 out of 1,005Before him are Roger Bacon, Nicholas of Cusa, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Herbert Spencer, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Anaxagoras. After him are Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Walter Benjamin, Epictetus, Gregory of Nazianzus, Zeno of Citium, and Xenophanes.

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Among people born in 1748, Jeremy Bentham ranks 2Before him is Jacques-Louis David. After him are Olympe de Gouges, Charles IV of Spain, Charles XIII of Sweden, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Adam Weishaupt, Claude Louis Berthollet, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, William V, Prince of Orange, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, and Christian Gottlob Neefe. Among people deceased in 1832, Jeremy Bentham ranks 5Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Napoleon II, Évariste Galois, and Walter Scott. After him are Jean-François Champollion, Georges Cuvier, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Jean-Baptiste Say, Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, and Friedrich Kuhlau.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Jeremy Bentham ranks 83 out of 5,347Before him are J. J. Thomson (1856), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Herbert Spencer (1820), George VI (1895), and David Bowie (1947). After him are William Blake (1757), Lady Godiva (990), David Livingstone (1813), George III of the United Kingdom (1738), Edward III of England (1312), and Emily Brontë (1818).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Jeremy Bentham ranks 9Before him are Thomas Hobbes (1588), David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), William of Ockham (1285), Roger Bacon (1220), and Herbert Spencer (1820). After him are Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Joseph Priestley (1733), Alcuin (735), John Venn (1834), and Thomas Carlyle (1795).