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The Blackwell Guide to Mill's Utilitarianism

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-01-23
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

This Blackwell Guide is an ideal commentary for students on Mill's Utilitarianism. It is written by specialists at the cutting edge of philosophical scholarship in a style that is accessible to readers coming to Mill's classic statement for the first time. The Guide contains the complete text of Utilitarianism and twelve related essays. Three of these are background essays, designed to acquaint the reader with Mill's life, his philosophical influences, and the place of Utilitarianism in Mill's overall philosophy. Five are analyses of the arguments in Utilitarianism, and include discussion of some of the most disputed points in interpretation. A final section of four essays addresses some contemporary debates within the utilitarian tradition. The last of these examines the implications of utilitarianism for practical ethics, taking as a case study the application of utilitarian theory to military or non-violent responses to terrorism.

Author Biography

Henry R. West is Professor of Philosophy at Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of An Introduction to Mill’s Utilitarian Ethics (2004), Moral Philosophy: Classic Texts and Contemporary Problems (1977), and articles in journals and encyclopedias on John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii
Introduction 1(8)
PART I THE BACKGROUND OF MILL'S UTILITARIANISM
9(52)
Mill's Life
11(15)
Susan Leigh Anderson
Bentham's Utilitarianism
26(19)
Gerald J. Postema
The Place of Utilitarianism in Mill's Philosophy
45(16)
John Skorupski
PART II THE COMPLETE TEXT OF JOHN STUART MILL'S UTILITARIANISM
61(54)
General Remarks
63(4)
What Utilitarianism Is
67(16)
Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
83(7)
Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible
90(6)
On the Connection between Justice and Utility
96(19)
PART III ESSAYS ON THE TEXT
115(84)
Mill's Theory of Value
117(22)
Wendy Donner
Mill's Theory of Morally Correct Action
139(20)
Alan E. Fuchs
Mill's Theory of Sanctions
159(15)
Dale E. Miller
Mill's ``Proof'' of the Principle of Utility
174(10)
Henry R. West
Mill's Theory of Rights
184(15)
L. W. Sumner
PART IV INFLUENCE AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
199(71)
Contemporary Criticisms of Utilitarianism: a Response
201(16)
William H. Shaw
The Scalar Approach to Utilitarianism
217(16)
Alastair Norcross
Right, Wrong, and Rule-Consequentialism
233(16)
Brad Hooker
Some Implications of Utilitarianism for Practical Ethics: the Case against the Military Response to Terrorism
249(21)
Bart Gruzalski
Index 270

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