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Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), Social philosopher
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Philosopher, political theorist and social critic; he was committed to the utilitarian belief in the 'greatest happiness' principle. Promoting a secular version of utilitarianism he advocated that fulfilment could be achieved through the rigorous investigation of human nature. His work had an important impact upon judicial organisation and civil law and the reform of the penal system.