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 (bĕn′thəm), Jeremy 1748-1832.
British writer, reformer, and philosopher whose systematic analysis of law and legislation laid the foundations of utilitarianism.
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(Biography) Jeremy. 1748–1832, British philosopher and jurist: a founder of utilitarianism. His works include A Fragment on Government (1776) and Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)
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(ˈbɛn θəm, -təm)

Jeremy, 1748–1832, English jurist and philosopher.
Ben′tham•ism, n.
Ben′tham•ite`, n., adj.
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Though Jeremy Bentham's skeleton, which hangs for candelabra in the library of one of his executors, correctly conveys the idea of a burly-browed utilitarian old gentleman, with all Jeremy's other leading personal characteristics; yet nothing of this kind could be inferred from any leviathan's articulated bones.
He read another article, too, a financial one, which alluded to Bentham and Mill, and dropped some innuendoes reflecting on the ministry.
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Because that Philanthropist had expressly declared: 'I owe it to my fellow-creatures that he should be, in the words of BENTHAM, where he is the cause of the greatest danger to the smallest number.'
Bentham and others, have strongly insisted on their arbitrary value.
If it prove a mind of uncommon activity and power, a Locke, a Lavoisier, a Hutton, a Bentham, a Fourier, it imposes its classification on other men, and lo!
Rachael Bentham, headteacher at Norden Community Primary School in Rochdale, has written to parents to rebut claims the policy is being imposed in her classrooms.
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Young Sharks fan Caitlin Armstrong was thrilled to win the shirt Richard Bentham wore for the game against Telford Tigers on Saturday night.
Jeremy Bentham, Netherlands-based Shell vice president for global business environment, said that as soon as two years from now, it was probable that more than half of passenger cars sold globally would be electric vehicles.