Mill SG - Mill Study Guide Modern Moral Theory Mill's life...

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Mill Study Guide Modern Moral Theory Mill’s life and times Three Levels of Ethical Discourse 1) Moral Theories 2) Ethical Systems 3) Concrete Applications The Enlightenment Project with respect to Ethical Systems Dogmatic (dead) tradition vs. Dialectical (living) tradition Kant’s moral theory Deontological moral theory vs. Consequentialist moral theory. Mill’s critique of Kant Moral sense theory Mill’s critique of moral sense A popular modern critique of moral sense Act Utilitarianism Definition of Act Utilitarianism Intrinsic vs. Instrumental Value. Philosophical Hedonism Contentment contrasted with happiness Mill’s definition of happiness The Pig Problem Bentham’s hedonistic calculus. Mill on qualitative differences among the pleasures The problem of the couch potato Objections to philosophical hedonism Common objections to Utilitarianism: 1) egoism, 2) crassness, 3) impracticality, 4) demandingness Standard “intuition” based objections to Act Utilitarianism: Desert
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