Glossary of Terms ‘U’

Written By Thomas Perez. December 14, 2010 at 6:02PM. Copyright 2010.

Synonym for moral universalism, as a compromise between moral relativism and moral absolutism.

Theory of ethics based on quantitative maximization of total welfare for a specific population of humans. It is a form of consequentialism. Welfare is generally described hedonistically. Utilitarianism is summarized as “The greatest happiness for the greatest number.”

The many various social and political movements, and a significant body of religious and secular literature, based upon the idea that paradise is achievable on earth.

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