Philosophy 2

Philosophy 2 - Jin Bae Phil 100 Tanksley Mill The presence...

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Jin Bae Phil 100 Tanksley Mill The presence of utility and the pleasures that accompany it is the main focus that John Stuart Mill tries to argue throughout his work. The most significant part of Utilitarianism is Mill’s discussion of the higher and lower pleasures. After reading this book, I believe that it compares experiences that are fundamentally incommensurable, since it only measures each experience by the amount of utility they bring. This only hurts Mill’s argument because experiences should not be degraded based upon its value or certain pleasures. Mill argues that pleasure is not defined to contain just the psychological aspect of happiness, but it contains many standards and measurements that describe pleasure. How can we determine which pleasure is higher or lower? Even though people might choose a certain pleasure from another, not everyone is the same in this world. Utilitarianism seems to be the perfect moral and governmental theory to lead the world today, and Mill is very persuasive in showing that people choose actions that would bring more happiness to them. It is true that being intelligent and less satisfied is better than being a fool satisfied, because the intelligent person knows that a fool does not know of the
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existence of a higher pleasure that cannot be reached. The fool is very limited in the aspect of obtaining certain pleasures, while the other side of the comparison knows all sides of pleasures. The idea of individualism and complications is certainly lacking in Mill’s presentation of the Greatest Happiness Principle. Not every person can be slimed down to just two sides of the spectrum because society today itself is
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Jay during the Spring '08 term at UVA.

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Philosophy 2 - Jin Bae Phil 100 Tanksley Mill The presence...

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