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The value ratio of any things whereof one is greater than
another may be expressed in numbers: at
the least to such exactness as shall answer equally
well with absolute truth in practise.
Now every one will allow that any Pleasure of pleasures actual one
may be greater than another as well in
respect of duration as of intensity: and of
pleasures possible or expectative any one may be gr more
likely to happen — than another, that is may
be more probably have be greater in probability, and may also be to happen
sooner,
whenever it does
happen

if it happens at all, that is, may
be greater in proximity.

Now then take 2 pleasures, either of the
same man, or of 2 different men, no
matter which; and for the sake of distincinguishing
one from the other, call one A,
the other B.

First suppose let there be both actual: and let the
intensity of A be to that of B - as 2 is to 21: but the duration

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of A, to the duration of B, only as 1
is to 2. Now then to know the magnitude
of each, that is (they being both actual) their
value, take the pleasure intensity of A,
that is 2 and multiply it by the di duration of A,
that is 1, the product is 2. Take also Do the
the intensity of same by the intensity and duration of of
B, the product is also 2; therefore
the magnit values of A and B — are equal.
Again, suppose them both possible.
one of them to be only
contingent possible.

and let the value of their intensities and durations being
as before, let the possibl probability of it be to
that of B as 4 to 3, but the proximity
only as 3 to 4.

Now then in this case to know the value of each:
We have therefore the intensity of A equal to 2
It's duration — — — — — — — 1
It's probability — — — — — — — — — 4
It's proximity — — — — — — — — 3
The product of 1 2 of these figures multiplied by
the 3d and of that by the 4th is 24 .
The value of A is therefore 24.

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In the same manner it will turn out that
the value of B. is also 24. Their values
therefore in this case also are equal.

If in the one be either certain actual or only
certain and not actual; and the other either
not actual or not certain, or remote as to the manner
of comparison it makes no difference
they may be compared as if they both were
only possible: one being still greater than
another in respect of probability, or
certainty, or both: then — ratios of one of them to the other in these 2 respects
respectively may still be expressed by numbers
as before.

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Pleasure

[ ]
What stuff would you have it made of? would you
have a faggot without sticks, or pounds without
shillings in them or pence?

The Happiness of the moral enthusiast, is the Irishman's
Applepage which was to be all of Quinics.

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[ ] I might here cry out, as so many others
have done before me, that Riches are no
means to Happiness+++, that the pleasures of the
body [+]
[+] which they are valued
for procuring,

are stark naught, that Happiness
consists in a certain virtue, which itself consists
in self-denial, that is in enjoying nothing none of them
— What should I get by all this? What
they have done, that experience would bely me.
What could be the consequence () with respect to the subsequent details?
that they would be either visibly false, or in contradiction
to the principles. In recompense I should have
the satisfaction of confirming, as far as depended
upon me, the notion which the prized
declamations of pedants furnish so good
an excuse+ for entertainingII, that Ethics is
+ a plea
II propagating

a dry & speculative study, well enough to fill up a
few of the idle hours of an Acadamie at an University,
but of no use nor application in the
commerce of the world.

+++ If Wealth and Bodily pleasures are no means of
Happiness, it is not worth while making Laws to
determine who shall have them.

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INRODUCT. CH. II Dimensions of Happiness: Note. [BR.][8.] Method of æstimating a lot of Happiness exemplified.

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