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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Summum Bonum.
 
The chief excellence; the highest attainable good.   1
   SOCRATES said knowledge is virtue, and ignorance is vice.   2
   ARISTOTLE said that happiness is the greatest good.   3
   BERNARD DE MANDEVILLE and HELVETIUS contended that self-interest is the perfection of the ethical end.   4
   BENTHAM and MILL were for the greatest happiness of the greatest number.   5
   HERBERT SPENCER places it in those actions which best tend to the survival of the individual and the race.   6
   LETOURNEAU places it in utilitarianism.   7
 


 Summons.Sumpter Horse or Mule. 

 
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