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Bentham, Jeremy

Line breaks: Jer¦emy Ben|tham
Pronunciation: /ˈbɛnθəm

Definition of Bentham, Jeremy in English:

( 1748–1832), English philosopher and jurist, the first major proponent of utilitarianism. Notable works: Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789).



Example sentences
  • Perhaps he regarded the fundamental positions of Benthamism as too secure to need much elaboration.
  • In Utilitarianism Mill revised Benthamism, distinguishing between higher and lower pleasures, and affirming a moral duty to promote happiness.
  • In one way, Benthamism represented a denial of the imagination.


noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Bentham and the Benthamites were a particular bugbear of Dickens's.
  • A true ideological son of Henry Clay, he embraced that party's classical liberalism, Benthamite utilitarianism, and support of business, finance and free labor.
  • Neither could be considered a utilitarian in the Benthamite sense, which requires an objective measure of utility.

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