Utilitarianism

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    • Utilitarianism is an ethical theory 'can be best summed up by the phrase .'the greatest happiness for the greatest number'
    • Is a teleological,secular theory which judges morality on the basis of the consequences of our actions
    • The end justifies the means
    • Relativist theory
    • Can be linked back to ancient greek philosophers
      • Aristotle believed that Good conduct promoted happiness in society
      • Epicurus developed this idea by claiming that a good life consisted of the maximum amount of pleasure
    • Jeremy Bentham considered to be founder of utilitarianism
      • Heavily involved in both ethics and politics
    • John stuart Mill development of utilitarianism
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