Aporie Benthamovy etiky

Václav Sklenář


The Aporia of Benthamʼs Ethics

The topic of the article is the aporia of Bentham’s ethics. I point to the deeper philosophical foundations of Bentham’s ethical thought which draw on the materialist and empiricist traditions of the Enlightenment. I show how these foundations lead to a naturalistic reduction of all normative concepts, and I present the aporetic implications of this reduction with respect to the duality of Bentham’s basic ethical principle and his theory of the motivation of human action.