utilitarianism

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Nearly all of us would agree that murder, lying, rape and theft are bad, and that loyalty, generosity and truthfulness are good. Thus, things we agree to be good tend to make people happy and things we agree to be bad make people unhappy. The first traces of Utilitarianism were initially seen in the late 1780's in William Paley's Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785) and in the British jurist and philosopher Jeremy Bentham's Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)...
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The Principle was later expanded by John Stuart Mill in his Utilitarianism (1863). Utilitarianism uses the notion of the "Greatest Happiness Principle" to differentiate between right and wrong. Mill explains this by stating that "There is only one principle of morality, the principle of utility, that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness? by happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain and the privation of pleasure" (Utilitarianism, Everyman ed...
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