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I would suggest that this quotation alludes to Mill's contributions to and understanding of utilitarianism. Utilitarianism, at its most basic, is the claim that ethical decision making ought to be...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021 11:24 am UTC

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The idea that Utilitarianism is a doctrine of expediency means that the Utilitarian will simply take the most convenient or enjoyable course, without reference to principle. This makes it a way of...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 2:00 pm UTC

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In chapter II of Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill states: Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019 11:44 am UTC

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John Stuart Mill published Utilitarianism in 1863, basing the book on a series of articles which originally appeared in Fraser's Magazine. Although the philosophy was not a new one, Mill's...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2020 12:42 pm UTC

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Utilitarianism is based on the notion that, in any given society, people instinctively seek pleasure and avoid pain. In very simple terms, it is the seeking of pleasure that, for the utilitarian,...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2020 11:08 am UTC

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The key concept of utilitarianism can be understood once we realize that utilitarianism is a consequentialist ethical philosophy. A consequentialist philosophy is one that determines whether an...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2014 1:44 am UTC

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In the second chapter of this essay, entitled "What Utiltarianism Is," Mill identifies and responds to a number of criticisms that have been raised against utilitarianism as a philosophical...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2013 7:33 am UTC

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Mill defines justice as something distinct from general morality by arguing that justice consists of duties in which a corresponding right resides in some person or persons. Moral obligations, in...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 11:36 pm UTC

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The essential ideas of Utilitarianism appear in the work of the eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher David Hume, but the classic statement of the Principle of Utility (in which utility means not...

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Neither Utilitarianism nor Libertarianism are monolithic, and thus different representatives of these traditions advocate somewhat different economic systems. In Libertarianism, absolute freedom of...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 8:28 pm UTC

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The only clear and precise argument that can be made from the idea that "the only proof capable of being given that an object is visible, is that people actually see it" is best stated by Mill....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2011 9:26 am UTC

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It is now common for philosophers to distinguish between ethical hedonism as a theory of the good and John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism as a consequentialist theory of the right. However, Mill...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019 11:39 am UTC

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In order to answer this question, we need to understand that utilitarianism is a consequentialist system of ethics. That is, utilitarianism does not look at the motives behind a particular action....

Latest answer posted August 25, 2015 4:31 pm UTC

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Utilitarianism was originally promulgated by deists, atheists, and agnostics (Jeremy Bentham, James and John Stuart Mill) in England. England at that time was highly religious, but different...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 4:47 pm UTC

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I agree with Post 2, but the tradeoff might be the potential damage to the legal system caused by lying, and it could also be related to the specifics of the case. In other words, saying that you...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 1:48 am UTC

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