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An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics

An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics

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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521535410

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  • John Stuart Mill was the leading British philosopher of the nineteenth century and his famous essay Utilitarianism is the most influential statement of the philosophy of utilitarianism: that actions, laws, policies and institutions are to be evaluated by their utility or contribution to good or bad consequences. Henry West has written the most up-to-date and user-friendly introduction to utilitarianism available. The book serves as both a commentary to and interpretation of the text. It also defends Mill against his critics. An appendix reviews in detail the structure and arguments of Utilitarianism. This book is primarily intended as a textbook for students in philosophy assigned to read Utilitarianism but it should also prove helpful to students and professionals in other fields such as political science, history and economics.

    • Textbook aimed primarily at students of philosophy
    • Offers a complete introduction to the core of Mill's philosophy
    • Non-technical and lucidly written
    • A companion to the successful book by Roger Sullivan, An Introduction to Kant's Ethics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… offers a sophisticated exposition, interpretation and defense of Mill's moral theory that will be understandable to any literate reader. It is readable and fair, judicious and original.' David Lyons, Boston University

    'The book will be particularly valuable to students interested in Mill's ethical theory. But it should be of interest to Mill scholars and to the general reader who wishes to understand the foundations of ethics.' C. L. Ten, University of Singapore

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521535410
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Mill's life and philosophical background
    2. Mill's criticism of alternative theories
    3. Qualities of pleasure
    4. Was Mill an act- or rule-utilitarian?
    5. Sanctions and moral motivation
    6. Mill's 'proof' of the principle of utility
    7. Utility and justice
    Appendix. An overall view of Mill's Utilitarianism.

  • Author

    Henry R. West, Macalester College, Minnesota

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