by John Stuart Mill
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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: 9781434103062
Publisher: The Editorium
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 0.16(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

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


  • 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 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
John-Michael-Rea More than 1 year ago
Quite simply put, Utilitarianism looks at ethics from an objective, rational standpoint. It ounlines the goal of morality, then shows how its principle best achieves that goal. Brilliant.