The Relationship between Utility and Pleasure

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Margeaux Marks Philosophy 2020: Introduction to Ethics Professor LeBlanc The Relationship between Utility and Pleasure Through his essay, Utilitarianism , John Stuart Mill aims to correct what he believes are the most common misunderstandings of his fellow philosophers regarding the theory of utilitarianism. But before jumping into the complete basis of this moral doctrine, Mill identifies any and all of the misconceptions one might have concerning utilitarianism. Most importantly, he illuminates the biggest problem readers face, that is, the ‘very imperfect grasp’ of the relationship between utility and pleasure, the “chief obstacle to acceptance of the utilitarian principle” (Mill 3). In order to define exactly what utilitarianism is, Mill first must clear up the misinterpretations of his ‘philosophical opponents’. The problem, he explains to be the lack of understanding of the connection between utility and pleasure. Mill compares that while some
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