Utilitarianism (Illustrated and Annotated) John Stuart Mill



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Utilitarianism (Illustrated and Annotated)  by  John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism (Illustrated and Annotated) by John Stuart Mill
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This edition is illustrated and annotated, with detailed information about the work and the author. There is also an active table of contents, and this work has been formatted for your Kindle.Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the proper course of action is the one that maximizes utility, usually defined as maximizing happiness and reducing suffering.

John Stuart Mill in Chapter 2, What Utilitatarianism Is, of his book Utilitarianism, Mill said, In the golden rule of Jesus of Nazareth, we read the complete spirit of the ethics of utility. To do as one would be done by, and to love ones neighbour as oneself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality. Classic utilitarianism, as advocated by two influential contributors, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, is hedonistic only when the result of an action has no decidedly negative impact on others. It is now generally taken to be a form of consequentialism, although when Anscombe first introduced that term it was to distinguish between old-fashioned Utilitarianism and consequentialism.

According to utilitarianism the moral worth of an action is determined only by its resulting outcome, although there is debate over how much consideration should be given to actual consequences, foreseen consequences and intended consequences. In A Fragment on Government, Bentham says, it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong and describes this as a fundamental axiom. In An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, he talks of the principle of utility but later prefers the greatest happiness principle.

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