By Wendy Donner, Richard Fumerton(auth.), Steven Nadler(eds.)
John Stuart Mill investigates the valuable parts of the nineteenth century philosopher’s so much profound and influential works, from On Liberty to Utilitarianism and The Subjection of Women. via shut research of his basic works, it unearths the very middle of the thinker’s principles, and examines them within the context of utilitarianism, liberalism and the British empiricism ordinary in Mill’s day.
• offers an research of the total variety of Mill’s fundamental writings, attending to the center of the philosopher’s ideas.
• Examines the primary parts of Mill’s writings in simply obtainable prose
• areas Mill’s paintings and idea in the higher cultural and social context of nineteenth century Britain
• Illustrates the ongoing relevance of Mill’s philosophy to today’s readerContent:
Chapter 1 creation (pages 1–11):
Chapter 2 Utilitarianism: concept of price (pages 13–32):
Chapter three Utilitarianism: Morality, Justice, and the artwork of existence (pages 33–55):
Chapter four Liberty (pages 56–75):
Chapter five Philosophy of schooling (pages 76–89):
Chapter 6 Political Philosophy: Liberalism and Democracy (pages 90–105):
Chapter 7 Sexual Equality and the Subjection of girls (pages 106–124):
Chapter eight Environmental Ethics (pages 125–143):
Chapter nine creation and history (pages 145–154):
Chapter 10 good judgment and Epistemology (pages 155–174):
Chapter eleven Metaphysics (pages 175–195):
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It is an activist theory, constructed to be used and tested in the light of its application to daily life. If ethical life is as complex as it seems to be in contemporary pluralistic and diverse communities, then we need a theory as sophisticated as Mill’s to guide our reflections and judgments. My discussion in later chapters will illustrate Mill’s value theory in its connections and applications. , The Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), 117–38. 1 For other noteworthy discussions of these questions see Scarre 1997; Brink 1992; Crisp 1997; Riley 1988; West 2004; Skorupski 1989; Long 1992; Hoag 1992; Berger 1984.
When what once was uncommon virtue becomes common virtue, it comes to be numbered among obligations, while a degree exceeding what has grown common, remains simply meritorious. (CW 10:337–8) He continues, Demanding no more than this, society, in any tolerable circumstances, obtains much more; for the natural activity of human nature, shut out from all noxious directions, will expand itself in useful ones . . But above this standard there is an unlimited range of moral worth, up to the most exalted heroism, which should be fostered by every positive encouragement, though not converted into an obligation .
The Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006). qxd 9/10/08 12:19 PM Page 33 chapter 3 utilitarianism: morality, justice, and the art of life Introduction n this chapter I engage with the core questions raised by Mill’s views on right and wrong, obligation, rights and justice, as well as issues regarding the status of moral rules. I consider whether or to what extent Mill’s theory is best classified as act-utilitarian or as rule-utilitarian. One common objection posed to Mill’s moral philosophy is that the principle of utility is in conflict with the demands of justice.