the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on , and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons.
the doctrine that the morally correct course of action consists in the greatest good for the greatest number, that is, in maximizing the total benefit resulting, without regard to the distribution of benefits and burdens
the theory that the criterion of virtue is utility
1827, from utilitarian + -ism.
A system of ethics according to which the rightness or wrongness of an action should be judged by its consequences. The goal of utilitarian ethics is to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher, was the founder of utilitarianism; John Stuart Mill was its best-known defender.
the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on , and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons. Contemporary Examples But here’s what utilitarianism, according to Williams, leaves out of the picture: individual agency. A Sophistic Moral Case For War Ali Gharib October 26, 2012 Historical Examples […]
. a literary work that describes an antiutopia.
- Anti vaccination
the act or practice of ; inoculation with . noun the act of vaccinating the scar left following inoculation with a vaccine n. 1803, used by British physician Edward Jenner (1749-1823) for the technique he devised of preventing smallpox by injecting people with the cowpox virus (variolae vaccinae), from vaccine (adj.) “pertaining to cows, from […]
an antitoxin present in the blood of an animal following repeated injections of venom. the antitoxic serum obtained from such blood. Historical Examples In bites producing symptoms of this severity, antivenin must be given in amounts large enough to produce clinical improvement. Natural History of Cottonmouth Moccasin, Agkistrodon piscovorus (Reptilia) Ray D. Burkett Careful evaluation […]