Happiness and Utility: Jeremy Bentham's Equation

  title={Happiness and Utility: Jeremy Bentham's Equation},
  author={J. H. Burns},
  pages={46 - 61}
Doubts about the origin of Bentham's formula, ‘the greatest happiness of the greatest number’, were resolved by Robert Shackleton thirty years ago. Uncertainty has persisted on at least two points. (1) Why did the phrase largely disappear from Bentham's writing for three or four decades after its appearance in 1776? (2) Is it correct to argue (with David Lyons in 1973) that Bentham's principle is to be differentially interpreted as having sometimes a ‘parochial’ and sometimes a ‘universalist… Expand