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utilitarianism

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utilitarianism

noun util·i·tar·i·an·ism \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\

philosophy : the belief that a morally good action is one that helps the greatest number of people

Full Definition of UTILITARIANISM

1
:  a doctrine that the useful is the good and that the determining consideration of right conduct should be the usefulness of its consequences; specifically :  a theory that the aim of action should be the largest possible balance of pleasure over pain or the greatest happiness of the greatest number
2
:  utilitarian character, spirit, or quality

First Known Use of UTILITARIANISM

1827

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

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