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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Utilitarianism


core definition

Utilitarianism is the view that actions are right because they are useful.


explanatory context

This sometimes takes the less oppressive form that conduct should be guided by the principle of bringing the greatest happiness to the greatest number of people.

 

Utlitarianism is sometimes referred to as Benthamism, a reference to Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher (d. 1832) who advocated this political doctrine.


analytical review


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

arts and crafts movment

socialism


Sources


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