Jeremy Bentham

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Jeremy Bentham (15 February 1748 – 6 June 1832) was a British philosopher, jurist and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism.

Bentham became a leading theorist in Anglo-American philosophy of law, and a political radical whose ideas influenced the development of welfarism. He advocated individual and economic freedom, the separation of church and state, ... more »

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  • ''The schoolmaster is abroad! And I trust to him armed with his primer against the soldier in full military array.''
    Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), British philosopher, political theorist, jurist. speech, Jan. 29, 1828, to House of Commons, on educational reform.
  • ''The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.''
    Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), British philosopher, political theorist, jurist. repr. (1948). Fragment of Government (1776). The formula was repeated...
  • ''The age we live in is a busy age; in which knowledge is rapidly advancing towards perfection.''
    Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), British jurist and philosopher. Preface, A Fragment on Government, first sentence (1776).
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