felicific calculus

A quasi-mathematical technique proposed by 19th-century utilitarian ethical theorists for determining the net amount of happiness, pleasure, or utility resulting from an action, sometimes regarded as a precursor of cost-benefit analysis.

Benthams way of becoming the Newton of the moral world was to develop the "felicific calculus."

Syn: hedonic calculus, hedonistic calculus, moral arithmetic, utility calculus

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  • Felicific calculus — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Felicific calculus (cálculo de la felicidad) es un algoritmo formulado por Jeremy Bentham, para calcular el grado de felicidad que causa una acción específica, y por lo tanto de rectitud moral. También se lo conoce… …   Wikipedia Español

  • felicific calculus — felicific calculus, Philosophy. a utilitarian method for calculating the best course of action by determining the preponderance of pleasure over pain in any act or decision; hedonic calculus …   Useful english dictionary

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  • felicific calculus — noun Date: 1945 a method of determining the rightness of an action by balancing the probable pleasures and pains that it would produce …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • felicific calculus — The possibility of computing the value of ‘units’ of happiness, associated with the utilitarianism of Bentham . Happiness, or the end of action, is to be measured in terms of units of pleasure . These are ordered by intensity, duration, and… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • hedonic calculus — (in utilitarianism) appraisal of possible alternative choices in terms of the amount of pleasure to be gained and pain to be avoided in each. Also called calculus of pleasure. * * * hedonic calculus, = felicific calculus. (Cf. ↑felicific… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ethical calculus — The term ethical calculus, when used generally, refers to any method of determining a course of action in a circumstance that is not explicitly evaluated in one s ethical code. A formal philosophy of ethical calculus is a recent development in… …   Wikipedia

  • hedonic calculus — See felicific calculus …   Philosophy dictionary

  • utility calculus — See felicific calculus …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Jeremy Bentham — Full name Jeremy Bentham Born 15 February 1748(1748 02 15) London, England Died 6 June 1832 …   Wikipedia

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