The Blackwell Guide to Mill's Utilitarianism / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism volume is an ideal commentary for students on Mill’s classic essay.

  • Contains the complete text of Utilitarianism and twelve related essays.
  • Essays cover the background to Mill’s classic essay, analyses of the arguments, and contemporary debates within the utilitarian tradition.
  • Also includes a case study demonstrating the application of utilitarian theory to military or non-violent responses to terrorism.
  • Each contribution is an original essay written by a specialist at the cutting edge of philosophical scholarship.
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Editorial Reviews

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“An important work … .Intended to be read by a general audience, the Guide contains the complete text of Utilitarianism, along with twelve related essays which inform the reader about Mill’s life, influences on his philosophies, and the position of Utilitarianism in Mill’s general philosophy. Five of these essays analyse arguments in Utilitarianism, highlighting the most disputed points; a final set of four essays brings concerns of the work to bear on contemporary concerns, including the final essay, by Bart Gruzalski, which applies utilitarian theory to non-violent or military responses to terrorism.” (Year's Work in English Studies, 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405119498
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Great Works Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry R. West is Professor of Philosophy at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of An Introduction to Mill’s Utilitarian Ethics (2004), Moral Philosophy: Classic Texts and Contemporary Problems (1977), and articles in journals and encyclopedias on John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Part I: The Background of Mill’sUtilitarianism.

1. Mill’s Life: Susan Leigh Anderson (University ofConnecticut).

2. Bentham’s Utilitarianism: Gerald J. Postema (Universityof North Carolina).

3. The Place of Utilitarianism in Mill’s Philosophy: JohnSkorupski (University of St. Andrews).

Part II: The Complete Text of Utilitarianism.

I. General Remarks.

II. What Utilitarianism Is.

III. Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility.

IV. Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility isSusceptible.

V. On the Connexion between Justice and Utility.

Part III: Essays on the Text.

4. Mill’s Theory of Value: Wendy Donner (CarletonUniversity, Ottawa).

5. Mill’s Theory of Morally Correct Action: Alan Fuchs(College of William and Mary).

6. Mill’s Theory of Sanctions: Dale E. Miller (OldDominion University).

7. Mill’s “Proof” of the Principle of Utility:Henry R. West (Macalester College).

8 Mill’s Theory of Rights: L. W. Sumner (University ofToronto).

Part IV: Influence and Contemporary Issues.

9. Contemporary Criticisms of Utilitarianism: A Response:William H. Shaw (San Jose State University).

10. The Scalar Approach to Utilitarianism: Alastair Norcross(Rice University).

11. Right, Wrong, and Rule-Consequentialism: Brad Hooker(University of Reading).

12. Some Implications of Utilitarianism for Practical Ethics:The Case Against the Military Response to Terrorism: Bart Gruzalski(Pacific Center for Sustainable Living).


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