Jeremy Bentham

[New Entry by James E. Crimmins on March 17, 2015.] Jeremy Bentham, jurist and political reformer, is one of the foundational philosophers in the modern utilitarian tradition. Earlier moralists had
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[New Entry by James E. Crimmins on March 17, 2015.] Jeremy Bentham, jurist and political reformer, is one of the foundational philosophers in the modern utilitarian tradition. Earlier moralists had enunciated several of the core ideas and characteristic terminology of utilitarian philosophy, most notably John Gay, Francis Hutcheson, David Hume, Claude-Adrien Helvetius and Cesare Beccaria, but it was Bentham who rendered the theory in its recognisably secular and systematic form and made it a critical tool...

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