Benthamism


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Benthamism

the philosophy of utilitarianism as first expounded by the British philosopher and jurist Jeremy Bentham (1748--1832) in terms of an action being good that has a greater tendency to augment the happiness of the community than to diminish it
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12) The subsequent claim that the "chief fruit" of his first visit to France was "a strong and permanent interest in continental liberalism" appears exaggerated in light of the journal's reticence on the subject, yet at least one entry suggests that Mill was a radical in politics well before his conversion to Benthamism a year later.
It was not used because of any conviction of the overall truth of Benthamism in all its applications.
Since he assumes the rightness of his theism without question, he never fully confronts the challenge of the mechanical age, which means that he simplifies both his own position and that of Benthamism.
Paroissien argues that Dickens was more informed in his hostility to Benthamism than is always allowed.
Named Utilitarianism by its founder, this new system of morals and legislation became known popularly as Benthamism and from there came to be associated in the popular mind with figures like Dickens' Mr.
Another commented sarcastically that Mill had made great progress in becoming a German metaphysical mystic, and Sir John Bowring, the arch-priest of Benthamism, spoke of Mill to their mutual friend Caroline Fox "with evident contempt, as a renegade from philosophy.
In views on economic life, especially regarding the ways of industrial development, extreme Benthamism in one form or another but most often of a Marxist kind dominates; the fiction of economic man is accepted without analysis or criticism.