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Mill's Utilitarianism is one of the most important, controversial, and suggestive works of moral philosophy ever written. Mill defends the view that all human action should produce the greatest happiness overall, and that happiness itself is to be understood as consisting in "higher" and "lower" pleasures. This volume uses the 1871 edition of the text, the last to be published in Mill's lifetime.
This expanded edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism includes the text of his 1868 speech to the British House of Commons defending the use of capital punishment in cases of aggravated murder. The speech is significant both because its topic remains timely and because its arguments illustrate the applicability of the principle of utility to questions of large-scale social policy.
Part 1: Introductory Material
How to Use this Book A Note on References and Abbreviations Editor's Introduction
1. What Questions is Mill Trying to Answer?
2. What are the Alternatives to Utilitarianism?
3. John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism
5. Forms of Utilitarianism
6. Levels of Moral Thinking
7. Moral Epistemology and the Proof of Utilitarianism
8. Moral Motivation
9. The Separateness of Persons: Integrity and Justice Further Reading The Text Printed in this Edition Analysis of Utilitarianism
Part 2: The Text
1. General Remarks
2. What Utilitarianism Is
3. Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
4. Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible
5. On the Connexion Between Justice and Utility
Part 3: Notes, Bibliography, and Index
Notes to Utilitarianism
Posted November 20, 2002
This is a great version of Utilitarianism due to the summary in the beginning along with index passages in the back that explain difficult sections. I used this version for my students and I believed it helped them and me as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.