Utilitarian

  • (noun): Someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility.
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on utilitarian:

Jurisprudent - Normative Jurisprudence - Utilitarianism
... Historically, utilitarian thinking about law is associated with the great philosopher, Jeremy Bentham ... John Stuart Mill was a pupil of Bentham's and was the torch bearer for utilitarian philosophy through the late nineteenth century ... In contemporary legal theory, the utilitarian approach is frequently championed by scholars who work in the law and economics tradition ...
Basis For Land Ethics - Utilitarian Based
... However, a utilitarian based land ethic is different from a purely economic one as it could be used to justify the limiting of a person's rights to make profit ... Thus, while a utilitarian based land ethic can be used to support economic activity, it can also be used to challenge this activity ...
African Folk Art - Metal Objects
... Ceremonial pieces, often based on utilitarian forms such as the agricultural hoe, an iwenga from the Nkutshu people of southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, were used as special-purpose currency ... Utilitarian, symbolic, and decorative cultural significance is hammered into the products of the forge with every blow ... In Senegal, metal objects are recycled as utilitarian African folk art ...
British Philosophy - 19th Century - Henry Sidgwick
... Henry Sidgwick (1838–1900) also focused on utilitarian ethics and was one of the founders and first president of the Society for Psychical Research, was a member of the Metaphysical Society, and promoted the ... many ways marked the culmination of the classical utilitarian tradition." Well-known contemporary utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer has said that the Methods "is simply ...
Stanley Hauerwas - Views On Human Experimentation - Deontological and Utilitarian Thought
... The basic utilitarian rationalization for research on human beings is the ends justify the means ... The utilitarian argument focuses on the greatest good for the greatest amount of people or the greater good ... Under the utilitarian justification it is a person's duty to sacrifice himself or herself if it would save others as long as the individual person's societal worth is less than the combined societal worth of ...

More definitions of "utilitarian":

  • (adj): Having utility often to the exclusion of values.
    Example: "Plain utilitarian kitchenware"
  • (adj): Having a useful function.
    Example: "Utilitarian steel tables"
    Synonyms: useful

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    Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one’s stomach the separation from terra ... these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known ... this is the only thing I can say about the matter. The utilitarian results do not interest me.
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