But here's what utilitarianism, according to Williams, leaves out of the picture: individual agency.
Accordingly utilitarianism, or the philosophy which aims at the greatest happiness of the greatest number, is not immoral.
But the mischievousness of utilitarianism does not stop here.
The same spoliation of Nature is still going on around us, and in these days of utilitarianism how can it be avoided?
utilitarianism was too much for it, and its stones fell to Macadam.
We shall first discuss the efforts of utilitarianism to deal with the problem.
It is in some such way that the transition is made from Egoism to utilitarianism.
Without manufactures, without trade, without comfort to palliate such degradation, we were proclaimed converts to utilitarianism.
Bentham's utilitarianism is considerably different from Paley's.
In his hands, too, utilitarianism was a political rather than an ethical doctrine.
A system of ethics according to which the rightness or wrongness of an action should be judged by its consequences. The goal of utilitarian ethics is to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher, was the founder of utilitarianism; John Stuart Mill was its best-known defender.