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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Utilitarianism definitions

Utilitarianism

  • the system of thought which states that the best action or decision in a particular situation is the one which most benefits the most people
Source: Cambridge International Dictionary of English

Utilitarianism

  • the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons.
Source: The Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Copyright 1997 by Random House Inc.

Utilitarianism

  • the nineteenth-century ethical doctrine that usefulness is the greatest good and that human action should tend to produce the greatest good or happiness for the greatest number of people.
Source: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary


Machiavelli and utilitarianism


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