Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-19, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 23 January, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2019.


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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

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