Mill's Utilitarianism

John Stuart Mill Essays List - Pg. 1

John Stuart Mill & Jeremy Bentham / Two Comparable Views on Utilitarianism
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John Stuart Mill was raised in the shadow of the friendship between his father, James Mill, historian and philosopher, and Jeremy Bentham, at times a man considered to be one of the leading intellects of the 19th century. It is not surprising, then, that elements of their views on utilitarianism and their writings hold fundamental similarities, while also demonstrating the extension from the earlier perspectives of Bentham to the latter writings and developed ideas and postulates determined by John Stuart Mill. This 5 page paper compares and contrasts the views of these two philosophers, and evaluates the similarities as they distinguish the connection between the two. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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John Stuart Mills: Utilitarianism.
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(5 pp) Utilitarianism is an ethical theory developed in the modern period by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and John Stuart Mill (1806-73) to promote fairness in British legislation during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when the interests of the upper classes tended to prevail and the sufferings of the lower classes were neglected. Utilitarianism is an ethical theory that calls for putting benevolence into action. Mill interprets the term utilitarianism as signifying any moral theory (the terms ethical and moral are used synonymously by Bentham and Mill, ) in which acts are judged on the basis of their utility. Mill further specifies that there is no one conception of what constitutes utility and there is no implication of a sect. The author expresses dissention with "The Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility." Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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John Stuart Mill: Economic Philosophy
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11 pages in length. The concept of a rational society, in which the entire community is greatly influenced by principles its members completely and accept without challenge, has indeed proven to be one of the most powerful standards of our culture. There exist a great many economic philosophies by which people live their lives. These philosophies help maintain order and a sense of direction that otherwise would merely drift in subconscious thought. John Stuart Mill fit into the general history of economic thought by applying his interpretation of society and the philosophies by which it should abide. The writer discusses Mill's economic philosophies as they relate to Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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