Benthamism
Benthamism Ben"tham*ism, n. That phase of the doctrine of utilitarianism taught by Jeremy Bentham; the doctrine that the morality of actions is estimated and determined by their utility; also, the theory that the sensibility to pleasure and the recoil from pain are the only motives which influence human desires and actions, and that these are the sufficient explanation of ethical and jural conceptions. [1913 Webster]

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  • Benthamism — • Article on Jeremy Bentham, English jurist and reformer. Features biographical information and a short bibliography Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Benthamism     Benthamism …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Benthamism — [ben′thəmiz΄əm] n. the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham, which holds that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the ultimate goal of society and of the individual Benthamite [ben′thəmīt΄] n …   English World dictionary

  • Benthamism —   n. utilitarian doctrine of Jeremy Bentham (1748 1832) that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is most desirable.    ♦ Benthamite n. adherent of   Benthamism …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Benthamism — noun Date: 1829 the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham and his followers • Benthamite noun or adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Benthamism — Benthamic /ben tham ik, tam /, adj. Benthamite /ben theuh muyt , teuh /, n. /ben theuh miz euhm, teuh /, n. the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham. [1820 30; BENTHAM + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • Benthamism — n. religious movement founded by Jeremy Bentham which espoused the utilitarian principle (the greatest happiness of the greatest number) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Benthamism — [ bɛnθəmɪz(ə)m] noun the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), which holds that the proper object of society is to secure the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Derivatives Benthamite noun & adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • benthamism — ben·tham·ism …   English syllables

  • Benthamism — /ˈbɛnθəmɪzəm/ (say benthuhmizuhm) noun the variety of utilitarianism put forth by Jeremy Bentham, characterised especially by the principle of the greatest happiness (good) for the greatest number. –Benthamite /ˈbɛnθəmaɪt/ (say benthuhmuyt), noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • benthamism — n. the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham, Engl. philosopher d. 1832. Derivatives: Benthamite n. & adj …   Useful english dictionary

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