greatest happiness principle


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Related to greatest happiness principle: utilitarianism

greatest happiness principle

n
(Philosophy) the ethical principle that an action is right in so far as it promotes the greatest happiness of the greatest number of those affected. See utilitarianism
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A world in which all people reside in self-maintaining happiness machines that make their inhabitants feel good by programming them to think they have true beliefs or great accomplishments or perfected characters could well be the best world as measured by the classic Greatest Happiness Principle.
Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.
The Creed which accepts the foundation of morals, utility, or the greatest happiness principle, horse that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.