The Greatest Happiness Principle

Dictionary Definition: The ethical principle that an action is right in so far as it promotes the greatest happiness of the greatest number of those affected

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Greatest Happiness Principle

Dictionary Definition: The ethical principle that an action is right in so far as it promotes the greatest happiness of the greatest number of those affected

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Moral

Acts are seen as moral if they cause happiness for the greatest number.

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More pleasure. Less Pain

In order for the action to be moral it must be the optimal choice in increasing utility and minimizing pain.

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Bentham

Bentham equated happiness with pleasure and the absence of pain. This was an empirical observation - people desire pleasure and seek to avoid pain.

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