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Utilitarianism
     

Utilitarianism

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by John Stuart Mill
 

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John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism is the canonical statement of the view that morality cannot be separated from consequences. First published in 3 consecutive issues of Fraser's Magazine, the articles were later collected into the present volume.

"Utilitarianism is the idea that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its usefulness in

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John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism is the canonical statement of the view that morality cannot be separated from consequences. First published in 3 consecutive issues of Fraser's Magazine, the articles were later collected into the present volume.

"Utilitarianism is the idea that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its usefulness in maximizing utility and minimizing negative utility (utility can be defined as pleasure, preference satisfaction, knowledge or other things) as summed among all sentient beings. It is thus a form of consequentialism, meaning that the moral worth of an action is determined by its outcome." [excerpted from Wikipedia]

This is the complete text, including the author's footnotes, with easy forward and backward navigation.

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BN ID:
2940012177858
Publisher:
Mobile Lyceum
Publication date:
01/26/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
118 KB

Meet the Author

"John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was a British philosopher and civil servant. An influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political economy, his conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state control." [excerpted from Wikipedia]

"John Stuart Mill profoundly influenced the shape of nineteenth century British thought and political discourse." [excerpted from The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]

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Utilitarianism (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I particularly enjoy the speech that Mill gave in 1868 on capital punishment. He explains why we should allow capital punishment to be use in cases of where the crime has resulted in a life being taken as oppose to the cases where the crime is against personal property. But to confine an individual to a life sentence and have that individual go through life with the possible guilt of the crime that he has just commited is more inhuman than a quick death. As far as his statement on Utilitarianism (borrowed from Jeremy Bentham) goes, he covers almost every type of critcism that will come this way of that belief. Just like Socrates, Mill considers the intellectual pleasures far more enjoyable (and meaningful) than those that take the physical form. A must read for all those that concern themselves with trying to attain a state of happiness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alot of the text was distorted, and i find mill's theory to be flawed.
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