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Mill’s Stoic Conception of Happiness and Pragmatic Conception of Utility

MARCUS GEORGE SINGER

in The Ideal of a Rational Morality

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780198250210
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681264 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250210.003.0013
Mill’s Stoic                         Conception of Happiness and Pragmatic Conception of Utility

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This chapter gives an account of some matters in Mill that the author has come to think are right, sound, true, or enlightening, even though this goes against the grain of standard philosophical opinion. It considers Mill’s conception of happiness which, if it is not altogether non-hedonistic, is certainly an alternative conception, and contains as essential parts of it some Stoic ingredients. Furthermore, this alternative conception goes along with a conception of the workings of the principle of utility that differs drastically from that found in Bentham and even in Sidgwick, and foreshadows in some ways the sort of pragmatic ethics developed later on by Dewey.

Keywords: John Stuart Mill; moral philosophy; happiness; utility; Stoicism

Chapter.  10468 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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