Benthamism


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Ben·tham·ism

 (bĕn′thə-mĭz′əm)
n.
The utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham, holding that pleasure is the only good and that the greatest happiness for the greatest number should be the ultimate goal of humans.

Ben′tham·ite′ (-mīt′) n.

Benthamism

(ˈbɛnθəˌmɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) the philosophy of utilitarianism as first expounded by Jeremy Bentham in terms of an action being good that has a greater tendency to augment the happiness of the community than to diminish it
ˈBenthaˌmite n, adj

Benthamism

the philosophical theory of Jeremy Bentham that the morality of actions is estimated and determined by their utility and that pleasure and pain are both the ultimate Standard of right and wrong and the fundamental motives influencing human actions and wishes. — Benthamite, n.Benthamic, adj.
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Let Benthamism reign, if men have no aspirations; but do not tell them to be romantic, and then solace them with glory; do not attempt by philosophy what once was done by religion.
First, he arranged for him to study law under John Austin, an eminent jurist and convert to Benthamism.
20) That the conservative Wemyss would cite Bentham in support of his opposition to Chamberlain's collectivism at first glance seems to vindicate Dicey's pronouncement of individualism as Benthamism.
This was opposed both to Benthamism and to the positive role of secular legislation, emphasising the idea of the survival of the fittest in an attempt to strengthen the liberal laissez-faire principle.
Named Utilitarianism by its founder, this new system of morals and legislation became known popularly as Benthamism and from there came to be associated in the popular mind with figures like Dickens' Mr.