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The Blackwell Guide to Mill's Utilitarianism. Edition No. 1. Blackwell Guides to Great Works

  • ID: 5224792
  • Book
  • December 2005
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The Blackwell Guide to Mill’s Utilitarianism volume is an ideal commentary for students on Mill’s classic essay.
  • Contains the complete text of Utilitarianism and twelve related essays.
  • Essays cover the background to Mill’s classic essay, analyses of the arguments, and contemporary debates within the utilitarian tradition.
  • Also includes a case study demonstrating the application of utilitarian theory to military or non-violent responses to terrorism.
  • Each contribution is an original essay written by a specialist at the cutting edge of philosophical scholarship.
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Notes on Contributors.


Part I: The Background of Mill’s Utilitarianism.

1. Mill’s Life: Susan Leigh Anderson (University of Connecticut).

2. Bentham’s Utilitarianism: Gerald J. Postema (University of North Carolina).

3. The Place of Utilitarianism in Mill’s Philosophy: John Skorupski (University of St. Andrews).

Part II: The Complete Text of Utilitarianism.

I. General Remarks.

II. What Utilitarianism Is.

III. Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility.

IV. Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible.

V. On the Connexion between Justice and Utility.

Part III: Essays on the Text.

4. Mill’s Theory of Value: Wendy Donner (Carleton University, Ottawa).

5. Mill’s Theory of Morally Correct Action: Alan Fuchs (College of William and Mary).

6. Mill’s Theory of Sanctions: Dale E. Miller (Old Dominion University).

7. Mill’s “Proof” of the Principle of Utility: Henry R. West (Macalester College).

8 Mill’s Theory of Rights: L. W. Sumner (University of Toronto).

Part IV: Influence and Contemporary Issues.

9. Contemporary Criticisms of Utilitarianism: A Response: William H. Shaw (San Jose State University).

10. The Scalar Approach to Utilitarianism: Alastair Norcross (Rice University).

11. Right, Wrong, and Rule-Consequentialism: Brad Hooker (University of Reading).

12. Some Implications of Utilitarianism for Practical Ethics: The Case Against the Military Response to Terrorism: Bart Gruzalski (Pacific Center for Sustainable Living).


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Henry West Macalester College.
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