Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism

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by John Stuart Mill
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1162715537

ISBN-13: 9781162715537

Pub. Date: 09/10/2010

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company

In this work of moral philosophy, John Stuart 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.

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In this work of moral philosophy, John Stuart 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.

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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

Acknowledgements
Introduction
John Stuart Mill: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

Utilitarianism

  • Chapter I: General Remarks
    Chapter II: What Utilitarianism Is
    Chapter III: Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
    Chapter IV: Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible
    Chapter V: On the Connexion between Justice and Utility

Appendix A: Precedents

  1. From Seneca, “On Benefits” (c. 60 CE)
  2. From John Gay, “Preliminary Dissertation, Concerning the Fundamental Principle of Virtue or Morality” (1731)
  3. From Joseph Butler, “Dissertation II: Of the Nature of Virtue” (1736)
  4. From Jeremy Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)
  5. From William Whewell, Lectures on the History of Moral Philosophy (1852)
  6. From Thomas Carlyle, “Signs of the Times” (1829)

Appendix B: Mill on Utilitarianism

  1. From Mill’s Autobiography (1873)
  2. From Mill’s Letters (1834–68)
  3. From “Whewell on Moral Philosophy” (1852)
  4. From “Auguste Comte and Positivism” (1865)

Appendix C: Reactions to Utilitarianism

  1. From Henry Sidgwick, The Methods of Ethics (6th ed., 1901)
  2. From Henry Sidgwick, Outlines of the History of Ethics (1886)
  3. From G.E. Moore, Principia Ethica (1903)

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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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