[Ads-l] Antedating of "Utilitarianism"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 31 23:43:47 UTC 2016

utilitarianism (OED 1839)

1827 _Examiner_ 1 Apr. 1 (ProQuest)  We only wish that the application of it were less selfish, were more extended -- that Lord ELDON would carry some of his utilitarianism into public affairs.

1828 _Literary Chronicle_ 14 June 37 (ProQuest)  He becomes a profound man of science, and political philosopher, and undertakes to remodel all the social institutions of Fantaisia.  To forward this resolution he makes a long speech, in which he expounds at great length, and with great clearness, the principles of Utilitarianism.

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list