The utilitarian theory of Jeremy Bentham, an English jurist (17481832), who taught that happiness (pleasure) is the object of life and that the highest morality consists in securing the greatest happiness of the greatest number, a formula taken from Priestly. According to this test he found wanting the Established Churches, the New Testament, and religion generally. Though not a practical man, his theories frequently influenced legislation in England and in the United States, and, strange to say, helped to bring about Catholic Emancipation in 1829.

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  • “Benthamism”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2010. Web. 6 October 2015. <>