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The moral philosophy that holds that an action is ethical according to its utility or usefulness in enhancing the welfare, safety, happiness, or pleasure of the community at large. This doctrine is popularly summarized as an action is ethical if it generates the greatest good for the greatest number of people.

act utilitarianism

The moral theory that the best action is the one that enhances the general welfare more than any other available or known alternative. An action is judged in terms of the goodness of its consequences with no consideration of the rules of action.

rule utilitarianism

The moral theory that an action that follows a demonstrably proven ethical formula will necessarily be a good act. The ethical rule is judged to be correct by the amount of good it effects when it is followed.
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This seems the real turning point of the distinction between morality and simple expediency."--John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism.
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We have travelled a long way since the world of work described so vividly by Charles Dickens in Hard Times--a stark picture of the industrial revolution, and the effects of utilitarianism. And yet, lessons in the novel still resonate: chiefly, that most of us in the workforce need to feel like we are more than a cog in the machine, that our contributions matter, and that life outside of work is precious.
His indirect utilitarianism went beyond the distinction between rule utilitarianism and act utilitarianism.