Francis Hutcheson

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Francis Hutcheson (8 August 16941746) was an Irish philosopher.


  • That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery.
    • Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) Treatise II, Section 3
  • The ultimate notion of right is that which tends to the universal good; and when one's acting in a certain manner has this tendency he has a right thus to act.
    • A System of Moral Philosophy : The General Notions of Rights and Laws Explained (1755) Book II, Ch. III

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