What did Mill think about the comparison between Utilitarianism and ethical hedonism?

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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 himself makes no such distinction. He seems to regard the two doctrines as so closely intertwined that any...

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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 himself makes no such distinction. He seems to regard the two doctrines as so closely intertwined that any attempt to differentiate between the idea that happiness is the only thing desirable as an end and the notion that "actions are right as they tend to promote happiness" is a distinction without a difference.

Mill does not actually use the word "hedonism," but it is clear when he writes "pleasure, and freedom from pain, are the only things desirable as ends" that such a position must be characterized as hedonistic and that the Utilitarian is, by definition, also a hedonist. It is equally clear, therefore, that Mill would have approved of the comparison between Utilitarianism and ethical hedonism and would, indeed, have regarded the two concepts as identical.

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