Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism

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by John Stuart Mill
     
 

ISBN-10: 1162715537

ISBN-13: 9781162715537

Pub. Date: 09/10/2010

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company

John Stuart 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…  See more details below

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John Stuart 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. The text is preceded by a comprehensive introduction assessing Mill's philosophy and the alternatives to utilitarianism, and discussing some of the specific issues Mill raises in Utilitarianism. This volume also includes an analysis of the text, substantial endnotes, suggestions for further reading, and a full bibliography.

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ISBN-13:
9781162715537
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
58
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.12(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Selected Bibliography
Ch. IGeneral Remarks1
Ch. IIWhat Utilitarianism Is6
Ch. IIIOf the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility27
Ch. IVOf What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible35
Ch. VOn the Connection between Justice and Utility42
AppApril 1868 Speech on Capital Punishment65

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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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