John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill - who has experienced both and is...

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John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) His book: Utilitarianism (1861) His definition of “utility” (p. 259) Humans are not just pleasure machines Against “pleasure” alone (p. 259) Socrates unsatisfied vs. pig satisfied (p. 261) Socrates is capable of experiencing more pleasure than a pig, so even if he is not 100% content and the pig is, the life of Socrates is still QUALITATIVELY happier. Humans have elevated faculties (p. 260) Quality vs. Quantity (p. 260) There are pleasures that are qualitatively different than one another. The difference of quality between two pleasures can be determined by someone
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Unformatted text preview: who has experienced both and is competent to judge them. Intellectual pleasures (p. 260 261) Happiness vs. contentment (p. 261) Happiness is something more abstract than contentment Happiness is not the sum of pleasures as contentment is. Competent judges (p. 260 bottom) Infirmity of character (p. 261) Someone can understand that an action is not in their best long term interest and still choose that action despite their knowledge. Where Bentham attributes all bad actions to miscalculation....
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