Utilitarianism and Other Essays
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was a reformer who applied the test of utility to the law and politics of his day. Legislators must aim at 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number,' and Bentham explained in minute detail how they mig...more
--From An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
J. S. Mill
--From A System of Logic
--'Whewell on Moral Philosophy'
Since I hadn't read Mill since college, I figured it was high time to revisit his famous ethical essay on, and defense of, social utility, justice and the greatest-happiness principle. I remember loving the clarity ...more
I’m not going to get into Jeremy Bentham’s Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, because quite honestly I didn’t give much attention to it. Because on the one hand, I didn’t make much sense of it, being the debutant I am, and the fact that it’s a bit passé.
But then comes John Stuart Mill with an exquisite essay on liberty, in ...more
Along with On Liberty, this book is John Stuart Mill at his finest.