John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

Paperback | November 1, 2012

EditorBen Eggleston, Dale E. Miller, David Weinstein

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The 'Art of Life' is John Stuart Mill's name for his account of practical reason. In this volume, eleven leading scholars elucidate this fundamental, but widely neglected, element of Mill's thought. Mill divides the Art of Life into three 'departments': 'Morality, Prudence or Policy, andAEsthetics'. In the volume's first section, Rex Martin, David Weinstein, Ben Eggleston, and Dale E. Miller investigate the relation between the departments of morality and prudence. Their papers ask whether Mill is a rule utilitarian and, if so, whether his practical philosophy must be incoherent.The second section contains papers by Jonathan Riley and Wendy Donner, who explore the relation between the departments of morality and aesthetics. They discuss issues ranging from supererogation to aesthetic pleasure and humanity's relationship with nature.The papers in the third section consider the Art of Life's axiological first principle, the principle of utility. Elijah Millgram contends that Mill's own life refutes his claim that the Art of Life has a single axiological first principle. Philip Kitcher maintains that Mill has a dynamic axiologyrequiring us to continually refine our conception of the good. In the final section, three papers address what it means to put the Art of Life into practice. Robert Haraldsson locates an 'Art of Ethics' in On Liberty that is in tension with the Art of Life. Nadia Urbinati plumbs the classical rootsof Mill's view of the good life. Finally, Colin Heydt develops Mill's suggestion that we regard our own lives as works of art.

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The 'Art of Life' is John Stuart Mill's name for his account of practical reason. In this volume, eleven leading scholars elucidate this fundamental, but widely neglected, element of Mill's thought. Mill divides the Art of Life into three 'departments': 'Morality, Prudence or Policy, andAEsthetics'. In the volume's first section, Rex M...

Ben Eggleston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kansas. Dale E. Miller is Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. David Weinstein is Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199931976

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IntroductionSecion One1. Rex Martin: Mill's Rule Utilitarianism in Context2. David Weinstein: Interpreting Mill3. Ben Eggleston: Rules and Their Reasons: Mill on Morality and Instrumental Rationality4. Dale E. Miller: Mill, Rule Utilitarianism, and the Incoherence ObjectionSection Two5. Jonathan Riley: Optimal Moral Rules and Supererogatory Acts6. Wendy Donner: Morality, Virtue and Aesthetics in Mill's Art of LifeSection Three7. Elijah Millgram: Mill's Incubus8. Philip Kitcher: Mill, Education, and the Good LifeSection Four9. Robert H. Haraldsson: Taking it to Heart: Mill on Appropriation and the Art of Ethics10. Nadia Urbinati: An Alternative Modernity: Mill on Capitalism and the Quality of Life11. Colin Heydt: Mill, Life as Art, and Problems of Self-Description in an Industrial Age