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Utilitarianism, Liberty, and Representative government

John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism, Liberty, and Representative government

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Published by Dutton in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Utilitarianism,
  • Liberty,
  • Representative government and representation

  • Edition Notes

    SeriesEveryman"s library. Philosophy and theology. 482A
    The Physical Object
    Pagination532 p
    Number of Pages532
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL14620849M

    Mill also possesses the naivete so common in post-Enlightenment liberalism that education would solve most problems by teaching people to be rational and pursue their best interests. He underestimates brute forces and ignorance. During the same period, —68, he was a Member of Parliament for City and Westminster. For example, one might decide on an ad hoc basis to ban a certain demonstration, say a group of Nazis marching in a largely Jewish community, because it is likely to have a net painful effect. The rational framework which Mill put together the political theory in terms of is still something that must inspire many. But I do not believe that those who undergo this very common change, voluntarily choose the lower description of pleasures in preference to the higher.

    An apology is due to the philosophical opponents of utilitarianism, for even the momentary appearance of confounding them with any one capable of so absurd a misconception; which is the more extraordinary, inasmuch as the contrary accusation, of referring everything to pleasure, and that too in its grossest form, is another of the common charges against utilitarianism: and as has been pointedly remarked by an able writer, the same sort of persons, and often the very same persons, denounce the theory "as impracticably dry when the word utility precedes the word pleasure, and as too practicably voluptuous when the word pleasure precedes the word utility. Of the external sanctions it is not necessary to speak at any length. We may give what explanation we please of this unwillingness; we may attribute it to pride, a name which is given indiscriminately to some of the most and to some of the least estimable feelings of which mankind are capable: we may refer it to the love of liberty and personal independence, an appeal to which was with the Stoics one of the most effective means for the inculcation of it; to the love of power, or to the love of excitement, both of which do really enter into and contribute to it: but its most appro- [9] priate appellation is a sense of dignity, which all human beings possess in one form or other, and in some, though by no means in exact, proportion to their higher faculties, and which is so essential a part of the happiness of those in whom it is strong, that nothing which conflicts with it could be, otherwise than momentarily, an object of desire to them. Oxford: Oxford University Press,

    By grounding his defense of liberty in terms of his understanding of utilitarianism, Mill differed significantly from proponents of natural-rights liberalism such as Locke and is an ancestor to a variety of consequentialist approaches to libertarianism. Utilitarianism Liberty Representative Government. In later years, Mill developed strong sympathies for certain sorts of government intervention, both in the economy and socially, but for a good portion of his life he can reasonably be described as a libertarian. Books by John Stuart Mill.


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To do this in any sufficient manner, many Stoic, as well as Christian elements require to be included. New York: W. Mill went through months of sadness and pondered suicide at twenty years of age.

They are under a necessity of conceiving themselves as at least abstaining from all the grosser injuries, and if only for their own protection living in a state of constant protest against them.

At my current phase in life, I have a more community-based approach to ethics. In Mill's Methods of induction, like Herschel's, laws were discovered through observation and induction, and required empirical verification. Everyman's library : Philosophy and theology - no.

Men lose their high aspirations as they lose their intellectual tastes, because they have not time or opportunity for indulging them; and they addict themselves to inferior pleasures, not because they deliberately prefer them, but because they are either the only ones to which they have access, or the only ones which they are any longer capable of enjoying.

Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, []. Dent in London. I had the same experience with Darwin.

John Stuart Mill

As a result, the younger Mill was exposed to these ideas at an early age. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.

In On LibertyA Few Words on Non-Interventionand other works, Mill defended British imperialism by arguing that a fundamental distinction existed between civilized and barbarous peoples. He was an exponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham's.

It must be admitted, however, that utilitarian writers in general have placed the superiority of mental over bodily pleasures chiefly in the greater permanency, safety, uncostliness, etc. It may be further objected, that many who begin with youthful enthusiasm for everything noble, as they advance in years sink into indolence and selfishness.

If the view adopted by the utilitarian philosophy of the nature of the moral sense be correct, this difficulty will always present itself, until the influences which form moral character have taken the same hold of the principle which they have taken of some of the consequences - until, by the improvement of education, the feeling of unity with our fellow-creatures shall be what it cannot be denied that Christ intended it to be as deeply rooted in our character, and to our own consciousness as completely a part of our nature, as the horror of crime is in an ordinarily well brought up young person.

For 35 years, he worked for the East India Company, but managed to write on a variety of topics. Those who introduced the word, but who had for many years discontinued it as a distinctive appellation, may well feel themselves called upon to resume it, if by doing so they can hope to contribute anything towards rescuing it from this utter degradation.

He was given an extremely rigorous upbringing, and was deliberately shielded from association with children his own age other than his siblings.

Utilitarianism

What we often have to do is to separate the tendencies of the time from the genius of certain minds. Books by John Stuart Mill. He recognized that the bureaucracy of a centralized economy would not be productive and that competitive markets were more likely to produce greater wealth.

For example, one might decide on an ad hoc basis to ban a certain demonstration, say a group of Nazis marching in a largely Jewish community, because it is likely to have a net painful effect. Mill, John Stuart. I've never been a big fan of Mill.

I think my biggest takeaway from the book is that one must act with nobility honor, goodness, decency integrity when pursuing the Greatest Happiness principle that is Utilitarianism.

And there needs be the less hesitation to accept this judgment respecting the quality of pleasures, since there is no other tribunal to be referred to even on Utilitarianism question of quantity.

Having caught up the word utilitarian, while knowing nothing whatever about it but its sound, they habitually express by it the rejection, or the neglect, of pleasure in some of its forms; of beauty, of ornament, or of amusement. In Considerations on Representative GovernmentMill called for various reforms of Parliament and voting, especially proportional representationthe single transferable voteand the extension of suffrage.

During the same period, —68, he was a Member of Parliament for City and Westminster. Published by J. His father, a follower of Bentham and an adherent of associationismhad as his explicit aim to create a genius intellect that would carry on the cause of utilitarianism and its implementation after he and Bentham had died.Download free Utilitarianism, liberty, representative government (Everyman's University Paperbacks) epub, fb2 book.

Menu. One of the more notable ideas Mill puts forth in the book is that the business of government representatives is not to make legislation. May 28,  · 'it is only the cultivation of individuality which produces, or can produce, well developed human beings' Mill's four essays, On Liberty, Utilitarianism, Considerations on Representative Government and The Subjection of Women examine the most central issues that face liberal democratic regimes - whether in the nineteenth century or the twenty-first.

They have formed the4/5. Collected here in a single volume for the first time, On Liberty, Utilitarianism, Considerations on Representative Government, and The Subjection of Women show John Stuart Mill applying his liberal utilitarian philosophy to a range of issues that remain vital today--the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of individual liberty, the merits of and /5(4).

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