Utilitarianism And Other Essays by John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism And Other Essays

byJohn Stuart Mill, Jeremy BenthamEditorAlan Ryan

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One of the most important nineteenth-century schools of thought, Utilitarianism propounds the view that the value or rightness of an action rests in how well it promotes the welfare of those affected by it, aiming for 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number'. Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was the movement's founder, as much a social reformer as a philosopher. His greatest interpreter, John Stuart Mill (1806-73), set out to humanize Bentham's pragmatic Utilitarianism by balancing the claims of reason and the imagination, individuality and social well-being in essays such as 'Bentham', 'Coleridge' and, above all, Utilitarianism. The works by Bentham and Mill collected in this volume show the creation and development of a system of ethics that has had an enduring influence on moral philosophy and legislative policy.

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John Stuart Mill (1806 - 73) formed the Utilitarian Society which met to read and discuss essays. His works include On Liberty and Principles of Political Economy. Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832) set out to theorize a simple and equitable legal system. The law of utility, for which is best remembered, states that the goodness of a law c...
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Title:Utilitarianism And Other EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.75 × 5.06 × 0.84 inPublished:August 4, 1987Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140432728

ISBN - 13:9780140432725

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Table of Contents

Introduction
From An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham
From A System of Logic by J. S. Mill
"Bentham" by J. S. Mill
"Coleridge" by J. S. Mill
"Whewell on Moral Philosophy" by J. S. Mill
Utilitarianism by J. S. Mill
Further Reading
Index

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This classic text serves as the ideal introduction to the study of ethics. John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham present readers with a brilliant understanding of reason and justice, as well as an equally lucid understanding of the importance of imagination and freedom. The two men believed that government should strive to provide the greatest number of people with the greatest possible happiness. Utilitarianism and Other Essays is not merely a work relevant to 19th-century philosophy and politics. Students, journalists and politicians must be familiar with this intelligent discussion of timeless intellectual and moral dilemmas. Editor Alan Ryan’s brilliant introduction prepares readers for this truly unique work of philosophy.