greatest happiness for the greatest number
The goal that human conduct, laws, and institutions should have, according to utilitarianism.
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Lexical Investigations: Happiness
“The pursuit of Happiness” was thought to be an unalienable right by the writers of the US Declaration of Independence. However, in 1776, the definition of happiness evoked a different meaning than it does today. When the framers of this historic document wrote about “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” what exactly did they mean by “happiness”? The term happiness comes from the Old Norse term …
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