Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Mill on Utilitarianism (Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks) Kindle Edition

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[Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Mill on Utilitarianism] is elegantly and clearly written, and Crisp provides sensible interpretations with a careful eye both for difficulties in determining what Mill really believed, and for problems in the very ideas he attributes to Mill.

The interpretations of Mill are sensible and clear-headed, and the criticisms of Mill judicious.

–Thomas Hurka, University of Calgary

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  • File Size: 685 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge (September 11, 2002)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2002
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  • Language: English
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Roger Crisp has achieved the difficult task of writing an introductory work that is scholarly yet clear, lively and approachable. In other words, it is a book in a tradition that is especially important as philosophy becomes more technical and remote, that of making erudition accessible and interesting to the beginner or non-specialist. Most of the material naturally concerns the detailed interpretation of Mill's position. The result is a book containing the discussion of much that is relevant to anyone interested in ethics, as well as being a critical but sympathetic guide to Mill. For example, a considerable part of the book is concerned with the nature of human welfare, with what counts as good for us and makes our lives satisfying. Is it to be understood in terms of having certain kinds of experience, such as pleasure; or in terms of the satisfaction of desires; or is it, as Crisp argues, better seen as concerning a wider range of values such as friendship, autonomy and accomplishments? Once the notion of welfare is established the utilitarian will of course use it for the account of morally right action by requiring that its production be maximized, but it is a further question to ask exactly how this requirement is to be understood. Are we to concern ourselves primarily with people's actions or with their characters? Should we think in terms of the actual or probable outcomes of our actions? Should our moral reflections consider the value of the consequences of single actions or of abiding by general rules of behavior? Inevitably, too, issues arise regarding the extent to which utilitarianism clashes or coheres with our ordinary moral views, and indeed with our ordinary understanding of the necessary conditions for our being able to regard our own lives as worthwhile.Read more ›
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