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Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832) was a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. Jeremy Bentham is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.

Jeremy Bentham was a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. Jeremy Bentham advocated individual and economic freedom, freedom of expression, equality of condition and equal rights for women, the right to divorce, and also the decriminalising of homosexual acts.

Jeremy Bentham called for the abolition of slavery, the abolition of the death penalty, and the abolition of physical punishment, including that of children.