Philosophy Discussion Day 8

We know from premise 1 that if happiness is the only

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We know from premise 1 that if happiness is the only thing desirable for its  own sake then utilitarianism is true Best to focus on one objection in detail Strongest objection o Either the argument is invalid or it has a false premise o What does Mill mean by the world desirable Desirable = worthy of being desired; genuinely good things Desirable = that people do in fact desire it Ex. Vacation locations that are desirable are not  necessarily the best, but the one where most people  want to go o In the first premise, desirable means worthy of being desired If happiness weren’t really good why should we promote it It’s got to claim that happiness is worthy of being desired for its  own sake o In the second premise, desirable  If mill means “worthy of being desired” it is false because people  desire things that aren’t worthy of being desired, so it is no  evidence of whether it is worthy If by desirability he means “that people do in fact desire it” then  he has changed the usage of the word then the argument  becomes invalid Mill response o He’s not giving a proof in the strict philosophical sense o Instead he’s giving evidence and rational thughts o If people do desire something that’s some evidence, especially if a lot  of people desire it o Plausible evidence, even if it doesn’t guarantee it o Talking roughly in an outline Stop holding me to the standards of a mathematician
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