- the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons.
Origin of utilitarianism
Examples from the Web for utilitarianism
But here's what utilitarianism, according to Williams, leaves out of the picture: individual agency.A Sophistic Moral Case For War
October 27, 2012
But the mischievousness of Utilitarianism does not stop here.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
William Thomas Thornton
Utilitarianism was too much for it, and its stones fell to Macadam.Highways & Byways in Sussex
It is nothing but utilitarianism, pure and simple, after all.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
And Utilitarianism, as we saw, admits this maxim no less than other systems of Ethics.
This question is often ignored in expositions of Utilitarianism.
- the doctrine that the morally correct course of action consists in the greatest good for the greatest number, that is, in maximizing the total benefit resulting, without regard to the distribution of benefits and burdens
- the theory that the criterion of virtue is utility
Word Origin and History for utilitarianism
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.