CATS IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT (Part 5 – Poems and Epitaphs for Deceased Cats)

Composing  poetry to deceased beloved companion cats was a trend of the times. Just as Johnson had mourned the death of Hodge, Bentham and many others would mourn the deaths of their beloved companion cats.  The following are some examples from the London Magazine of 1733, but interestingly enough these poems are anonymous, probably because […]

CATS IN THE ENLIGHTENMENT (Part 2- Jeremy Bentham)

Building on Diderot’s earlier philosophy, Jeremy Bentham’s (1748-1832) English philosophy of Utilitarianism was also based on the belief that all actions should lead to happiness ‘…it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong’.  Undoubtedly, as a cat owner, he must have considered and included the happiness […]

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