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|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||J. S. Mill’s Conception of Utility|
|Keywords:||J. S. Mill|
Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873 Utilitarianism
|Citation:||Saunders B (2010) J. S. Mill’s Conception of Utility. Utilitas, 22 (1), pp. 52-69. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=UTI; https://doi.org/10.1017/S0953820809990380|
|Abstract:||Mill’s most famous departure from Bentham is his distinction between higher and lower pleasures. This article argues that quality and quantity are independent and irreducible properties of pleasures that may be traded off against each other – as in the case of quality and quantity of wine. I argue that Mill is not committed to thinking that there are two distinct kinds of pleasure, or that ‘higher pleasures’ lexically dominate lower ones, and that the distinction is compatible with hedonism. I show how this interpretation not only makes sense of Mill but allows him to respond to famous problems, such as Crisp’s Haydn and the oyster and Nozick’s experience machine.|
|Rights:||Published in Utilitas. Copyright: Cambridge University Press. Permission granted by Cambridge University Press. Utilitas, Volume 22, Issue 1, March 2010, pp. 52 - 69, published by Cambridge University Press. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010. DOI: 10.1017/S0953820809990380 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7193156|
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