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Secular UtilitarianismSocial Science and the Critique of Religion in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham$
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James E. Crimmins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277415.001.0001

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Science and Religion

Science and Religion

(p.25) 1 Science and Religion
Secular Utilitarianism

James E. Crimmins

Oxford University Press

Drawing upon various writings, published and unpublished, early and late, on logic, ontology, and language, this chapter elucidates the metaphysical framework of Bentham's utilitarianism and identifies the suppositions which shaped it. In doing so, it provides evidence for the view that throughout his long life the principles of his theory of knowledge and his critique of religion were intimate parts of a single system, that the nature — and especially the implicit atheism — of the latter cannot be comprehended without recourse to the former.

Keywords:   logic, ontology, language, utilitarianism, religion, atheism

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