Benthamism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Benthamism 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Benthamism The political and ethical system taught by Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), who held that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the rational end of moral rules, and ought to be the aim of governments and individuals alike; utilitarianism (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Benthamism ben′tham-izm a name applied to the social and political doctrines of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), whose leading principle is the doctrine of utility, that happiness is identical with pleasure, summed up in Priestley's famous phrase, 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number.'
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Usage

In literature:

This is most clearly illustrated by the other thinker Jeremy Bentham.
"English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century" by Leslie Stephen
Children of Judge Jeffreys: Bishop Burnet, Titus Oates and Jeremy Bentham were christened here.
"Westminster" by Sir Walter Besant
He published, as a precursor to the greater work, one styled 'Benthamiana; an Introduction to the Works of Jeremy Bentham.
"The Book-Hunter" by John Hill Burton
One may cite as a classic instance of this point of view the ethical theory of Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarians.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
Bentham, Mr., on British plants, 48.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Why did Bentham raise upon it a fabric of such value to mankind, while Helvetius covered it with useless paradox?
"Diderot and the Encyclopædists" by John Morley
He was then sent to France to study the science of government under Sir Samuel Bentham.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
The details were keenly criticised by Bentham, and the bill never came to the birth.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Bentham, Jeremy, his character, i.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Nevertheless, the school of Bentham, upon the whole, stood by both liberty and democracy.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
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In poetry:

There's JERRY BENTHAM and his crew,
Names ne'er to be forgot in town,
In swarms like Banquo's long is-sue —
Turk, Papist, Infidel, and Jew,
Come trooping on to join the U-
—niversity we've Got in town.
"Stinkomalee Triumphans" by Richard Harris Barham

In news:

Thousands of unpublished pages of Jeremy Bentham 's manuscripts are ready for transcription with a new crowdsourcing program from University College London's Transcribe Bentham project.
Thousands of unpublished pages of Jeremy Bentham's manuscripts are ready for transcription with a new crowdsourcing program from University College London's Transcribe Bentham project.
Bentham's hat trick leads Westfield.
Kayla Bentham scored a hat trick to lead Westfield (1-3, 3-4) to a 3-1 victory over Silver Creek (2-5, 2-6), Monday in a non-league high school girls soccer game.
Since University College London began transcribing the papers of the Enlightenment philosopher Jeremy Bentham more than 50 years ago, it has published 27 volumes of his writings — less than half of the 70 or so ultimately expected.
The 18th-century English philosopher Jeremy Bentham once designed a prison he called the Panopticon.
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In science:

The concept of utility dates back to the XVIII-th and XIX-th century utilitarian’s economy and its eminent representative Jeremy Bentham.
Equation of state for agents on graphs
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