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- adjective Producing or intended to produce happiness.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Making happy; productive of happiness.
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- adjective rare Of, pertaining to, or producing
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
But either way it is all odd, as if there were some kind of felicific calculus for friendship and one that applies to us all equally, however different our natures.
In any felicific calculus, he is unlikely to go down in history as the man who created the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
In that same chapter, he focuses on the felicific tendencies of actions and assigns a significant role to rules within moral reasoning, both of which have been taken to commit him to a rule utilitarian doctrine.
First, it was common among the Philosophical Radicals to formulate utilitarianism, as the Proportionality Doctrine does, in terms of the felicific tendencies of actions.
Here Bentham clearly ascribes the felicific tendency to action tokens, and he equates an action's felicific tendency with the extent to which it promotes utility.
The felicific or hedonic valence of these various consequences can be mixed.
Some stopped at the outset with the felicific calculus, argued that pleasure was an evanescent phenomenon, that it could not be added or summed up.
The 'felicific calculus' is enough to show the inadequacy of his method.
We have to interpret all the facts in terms of pain or pleasure, and we shall have the materials for what has since been called a 'felicific calculus.'
We are bound to apply our 'felicific calculus' with absolute impartiality.