The chief excellence; the highest attainable good.
SOCRATES said knowledge is virtue, and ignorance is vice.
ARISTOTLE said that happiness is the greatest good.
BERNARD DE MANDEVILLE and HELVETIUS contended that self-interest is
the perfection of the ethical end.
BENTHAM and MILL were for the
greatest happiness of the greatest number.
HERBERT SPENCER places it in those actions which best tend to the
survival of the individual and the race. LETOURNEAU places it in
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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