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Mill (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1974). Skorupski, John. John Stuart Mill (London and New York: Routledge, 1989). _____, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Mill (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). CONTEMPORARY DISCUSSIONS OF UTILITARIANISM Hardin, Russell. Morality within the Limits of Reason (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988). Hodgson, D. H. Consequences of Utilitarianism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967). Kagan, Shelly. The Limits of Morality (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989).
Because these, and perhaps other, possibilities remain open, Mill’s contention that some forms of happiness are in themselves more valuable than others remains unproven. Just how one might successfully establish it is an interesting and difficult question, which we will not further explore. So far, we have considered the principle of utility mainly as it pertains to individual acts. However, utilitarian considerations are also relevant to large-scale social decisions—the fact that a law would maximize well-being or minimize suffering is an obvious reason to adopt it—and Mill was adept at mounting arguments of just this sort.
J. , and Bernard Williams. Utilitarianism: For and Against (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973). Utilitarianism CHAPTER I GENERAL REMARKS There are few circumstances among those which make up the present condition of human knowledge more unlike what might have been expected, or more significant of the backward state in which speculation on the most important subjects still lingers, than the little progress which has been made in the decision of the controversy respecting the criterion of right and wrong.
Analytical Philosophy and the Study of Art by Arnold Isenberg