Jeremy Bentham

1748 - 1832

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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the separation of church and state, freedom of expression, equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and (in an unpublished essay) the decriminalising of homosexual acts.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 2,882,069 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Jeremy Bentham is the 73rd most popular philosopher (up from 76th in 2019), the 80th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 83rd in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Jeremy Bentham ranks 73 out of 1,089. Before him are Ramakrishna, Karl Jaspers, Antonio Gramsci, William of Ockham, Jürgen Habermas, and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. After him are Anaxagoras, Roger Bacon, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Epictetus, 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 XIII of Sweden, Adam Weishaupt, Charles IV of Spain, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, Claude Louis Berthollet, William V, Prince of Orange, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, and Christian Gottlob Neefe. Among people deceased in 1832, Jeremy Bentham ranks 3Before him are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Napoleon II. After him are Jean-François Champollion, Évariste Galois, Walter Scott, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, Georges Cuvier, Jean-Baptiste Say, Muzio Clementi, Rasmus Rask, and Friedrich Kuhlau.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Jeremy Bentham ranks 80 out of 6,924. Before him are John Dee (1527), William of Ockham (1285), Harold Harefoot (1016), George IV of the United Kingdom (1762), Edward V of England (1470), and Charles Babbage (1791). After him are Roger Bacon (1220), Edward II of England (1284), William Harvey (1578), Ringo Starr (1940), George Stephenson (1781), and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Jeremy Bentham ranks 8Before him are Francis Bacon (1561), Thomas Hobbes (1588), David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), Herbert Spencer (1820), and William of Ockham (1285). After him are Roger Bacon (1220), John Wycliffe (1324), Duns Scotus (1265), Joseph Priestley (1733), Alcuin (735), and John Venn (1834).