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John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

Edited by Ben Eggleston, Dale Miller and David Weinstein

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195381245
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199869213 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381245.001.0001
John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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The “Art of Life” is John Stuart Mill's name for his account of practical reason. In this volume, eleven leading scholars elucidate this fundamental, but widely neglected, element of Mill's thought. Mill divides the Art of Life into three “departments”: “Morality, Prudence or Policy, and Æsthetics.” The first section investigates the relation between the departments of morality and prudence. The chapters ask whether Mill is a rule utilitarian and, if so, whether his practical philosophy must be incoherent. The second section explores the relation between the departments of morality and aesthetics. It discusses issues ranging from supererogation to aesthetic pleasure and humanity's relationship with nature. The chapters in the third section consider the Art of Life's axiological first principle, the principle of utility. This part of the book contends that Mill's own life refutes his claim that the Art of Life has a single axiological first principle. It then maintains that Mill has a dynamic axiology requiring us to continually refine our conception of the good. In the final section, three chapters address what it means to put the Art of Life into practice. Firstly, this part of the book locates an “art of ethics” in On Liberty that is in tension with the Art of Life. It then plumbs the classical roots of Mill's view of the good life. Finally, the book develops Mill's suggestion that we regard our own lives as works of art.

Keywords: John Stuart Mill; Art of Life; utilitarianism; principle of utility; greatest happiness principle

Book.  320 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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Mill's Rule Utilitarianism in Context in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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Interpreting Mill in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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Rules and Their Reasons in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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Optimal Moral Rules and Supererogatory Acts in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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Morality, Virtue, and Aesthetics in Mill's Art of Life in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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Mill's Incubus in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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Mill, Education, and the Good Life in John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

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