a philosophical movement, often identified with ETHICS, developed by BENTHAM and popularized by MILL in the nineteenth century based on the BELIEF that what is important is whether something is of use to people or not. In ethics the utilitarian principle was developed in terms of promoting "the greatest happiness for the greatest number." Thus the goodness or any act is to be judged by its consequences in terms of the principle of utility. The movement had a great impact on nineteenth century thought promoting SOCIAL and political REFORM and continues to exert considerable practical influence even today.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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