The Classical Utilitarians: Bentham and Mill / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume includes the complete texts of two of John Stuart Mill¹s most important works, Utilitarianism and On Liberty, and selections from his other writings, including the complete text of his ³Remarks on Bentham¹s Philosophy.² The selection from Mill¹s ³A System of Logic² is of special relevance to the debate between those who read Mill as an Act-Utilitarian and those who interpret him as a Rule-Utilitarian.

Also included are selections from the writings of Jeremy Bentham, founder of modern Utilitarianism and mentor (together with James Mill) of John Stuart Mill. Bentham¹s Principles of Morals and Legislation had important effects on political and legal reform in his own time and continues to provide insights for political theorists and philosophers of law. Seven chapters of Bentham¹s Principles are here in their entirety, together with a number of shorter selections, including one in which Bentham repudiates the slogan often used to characterize his philosophy: ³The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number.²

John Troyer¹s Introduction presents the central themes and arguments of Bentham and Mill and assesses their relevance to current discussions of Utilitarianism. The volume also provides indexes, a glossary, and notes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872206496
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 571,990
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Note on the Texts
Selections from Bentham's Principles of Morals and Legislation 1
Index for Principles of Morals and Legislation 90
Bentham on "The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number" 92
Bentham on "Push-pin versus Poetry" 94
Mill's Utilitarianism 95
Index for Utilitarianism 148
Mill's On Liberty 150
Index for On Liberty 245
Chapter XII of Book VI of Mill's A System of Logic 248
Mill's "Remarks on Bentham's Philosophy" 256
Mill, excerpt from a letter to Henry Jones 270
Notes and Glossary 271
Bibliography 279
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