Three Utilitarians: Hume, Bentham, and Mill


Author: Yusuke Kaneko, Meiji University, Japan
Email: [email protected]
Published: October 2013

Citation: Kaneko, Y. (2013). Three Utilitarians: Hume, Bentham, and Mill. IAFOR Journal of Ethics, Religion & Philosophy, 1(1).


Utilitarianism has been one of the biggest streams in ethics since a long time ago. Prior to Mill’s activity as its spokesman (Mill 1833, 1838, 1861), it is said that Jeremy Bentham initially set forth the doctrine. The aim of this paper is to clarify the relationship of these three thinkers, Hume, Bentham, and Mill, in the context of utilitarianism. Through discussion, we shall figure out how and why utilitarianism is trustworthy.


utilitarianism, Hume, Bentham, Mill