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FRANCIS HUTCHESON, THE ELDER
Irish philosopher and metaphysician
(1694 - 1746)

Greatest happiness of the greatest number.
      - [Proverbs]

For the ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.
      - A System of Moral Philosophy--The General Notions of Rights and Laws Explained
         (bk. II, ch. III) [Right]

That action which appears most conducive to the happiness of and virtue of mankind.
      - A System of Moral Philosophy--The General Notions of Rights, Law Expl.
         (bk. II, ch. III) [Action]

That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery.
      - Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue
         (treatise II, sec. 3) [Happiness]


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