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Utilitarian liberalism: Utilitarian liberalism merges utilitarian principles, aiming for the greatest good for the greatest number, with liberal values such as individual rights and freedoms. See also Liberalism, Utilitarianism, Preference Utilitarianism, Rights, Freedom, J. Bentham, J. St. Mill, P. Singer.
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Robert E. Goodin on Utilitarian Liberalism - Dictionary of Arguments

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Utilitarian Liberalism/Goodin/Gaus: Whether utilitarianism underwrites liberal politics and economics (...) turns on economic theory, public choice, theories of institutional design (Goodin, 1996)(1), and so on. In that sense liberal utilitarianism is indeed a partially comprehensive theory, with various theories of economics and politics being part of the case for liberal utilitarianism. >Markets/McCulloch
, >Markets/Utilitarianism.
Many philosophers are apt to reject liberal utilitarianism just because it turns on empirical claims; these anti-utilitarians often advance fanciful ‘what if’ examples, showing that under strange circumstances, utilitarianism might lead to strange results. In contrast, utilitarians typically have high confidence in these theories, and see no reason to suppose that our theory of political right should be independent of our best empirical theories of economics and politics (Goodin, 1982)(2). >Utilitarianism/Gaus, >Utilitarianism/Chapman, >Rights/Utilitarianism, >Rights/Consequentialism.

1. Goodin, Robert E., ed. (1996) The Theory of Institutional Design. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2. Goodin, Robert E. (1982) Political Theory and Public Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „The Diversity of Comprehensive Liberalisms.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Goodin, Robert E.
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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