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J. S. Mill
Edited by Roger Crisp

Publication Date - May 1998

ISBN: 9780198751632

168 pages


Mill's Utilitarianism is one of the most important, controversial, and suggestive works of moral philosophy ever written. 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. This volume uses the 1871 edition of the text, the last to be published in Mill's lifetime.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introductory Material
    How to Use this Book
    A Note on References and Abbreviations
    Editor's Introduction
    1. What Questions is Mill Trying to Answer?
    2. What are the Alternatives to Utilitarianism?
    3. John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism
    4. Happiness
    5. Forms of Utilitarianism
    6. Levels of Moral Thinking
    7. Moral Epistemology and the Proof of Utilitarianism
    8. Moral Motivation
    9. The Separateness of Persons: Integrity and Justice
    Further Reading
    The Text Printed in this Edition
    Analysis of Utilitarianism
    Part 2: The Text
    1. General Remarks
    2. What Utilitarianism Is
    3. Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
    4. Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible
    5. On the Connexion Between Justice and Utility
    Part 3: Notes, Bibliography, and Index
    Notes to Utilitarianism