Jeremy Bentham

(1748-1832)

Jeremy Bentham was an 18th/19th Century moral and political British philosopher and social reformer.

Bentham is responsible for the articulation and promotion of Utilitarianism, a consequentialist moral theory rooted in the utilitarian principle: “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong” (Bentham, “Fragment on Government,” 1776).

Bentham is sometimes identified as an “hedonistic” utilitarian because he does not distinguish happiness from pleasure as clearly as John Stuart Mill and other later utilitarians.

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Read a more detailed analysis of Bentham’s life and work from the “Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy”.