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An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics By Henry R. West (Macalester College, Minnesota)

An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics

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Mill was the leading British philosopher of the nineteenth century and his famous essay Utilitarianism is the most influential statement of the philosophy of utilitarianism. Henry West has written the most up-to-date and user-friendly introduction to utilitarianism available. The book serves as a commentary to and interpretation of the text.
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An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics by Henry R. West (Macalester College, Minnesota)

John Stuart Mill was the leading British philosopher of the nineteenth century and his famous essay Utilitarianism is the most influential statement of the philosophy of utilitarianism: that actions, laws, policies and institutions are to be evaluated by their utility or contribution to good or bad consequences. Henry West has written the most up-to-date and user-friendly introduction to utilitarianism available. The book serves as both a commentary to and interpretation of the text. It also defends Mill against his critics. An appendix reviews in detail the structure and arguments of Utilitarianism. This book is primarily intended as a textbook for students in philosophy assigned to read Utilitarianism but it should also prove helpful to students and professionals in other fields such as political science, history and economics.

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'... offers a sophisticated exposition, interpretation and defense of Mill's moral theory that will be understandable to any literate reader. It is readable and fair, judicious and original.' David Lyons, Boston University
'The book will be particularly valuable to students interested in Mill's ethical theory. But it should be of interest to Mill scholars and to the general reader who wishes to understand the foundations of ethics.' C. L. Ten, University of Singapore

Table of Contents


Introduction; 1. Mill's life and philosophical background; 2. Mill's criticism of alternative theories; 3. Qualities of pleasure; 4. Was Mill an act- or rule-utilitarian?; 5. Sanctions and moral motivation; 6. Mill's 'proof' of the principle of utility; 7. Utility and justice; Appendix. An overall view of Mill's Utilitarianism.

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An Introduction to Mill's Utilitarian Ethics by Henry R. West (Macalester College, Minnesota)
Henry R. West (Macalester College, Minnesota)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2003-12-08
230
0521535417
9780521535410
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