Mill-Final - Mill 12/14/2007 7:00:00 PM 1806-1873 Greatest...

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Mill 14/12/2007 19:00:00 1806-1873 Greatest Happiness Principle Heir to Utilitarianism- dedicated to clarifiying J. Bentham and his father Was an experiment to create an original thinker by his father Worked for the East India Company Remembered as having “the high independent thought of a recluse” Elected to the British Parliament w/o campaigning 1843  System of Logic  (his most important); laws or universal principle must be  derived from empirical fact 1861 Essay called  Utilitarianism-  his most explicit contribution to ethics DID NOT ORIGINATE NEW PHILOSOPHY  Mill defended the theory to which  he was born. This is what distinguishes him from other philosophers.  THE OBJECT OF MORALITY IS THE PROMOTION OF THE GREATEST  HAPPINESS OF THE MAXIMUM NUMBERS OF MEMBERS OF SOCIETY o Happiness consists in the favorable balance of pleasure over pain       so if it increases pleasure it is good, increases pain? Bad SO, good and bad can be measured in intensity, duration, and extent 1. Mill’s first objective in defending Utilitarianism is to clarify the doctrin. He  attempts this both by exposing misrepresentation and by straightforward exposition of  the principle. He begins by opposing those who fail to associate “utility” with pleasure 
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course CGS 201 taught by Professor Wexelblatt during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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