Mill's proof of the principle of utility

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Millgram, Elijah
Title Mill's proof of the principle of utility
Date 2000
Description Mill's utilitarianism is very closely tied to his instrumentalism; that his argument for the Principle of Utility, while tight, is deeply incoherent; that the incoherence stems from an incoherence in instrumentalism; and that Mill's instrumentalism turns out to have been an island of apriorism in an otherwise empiricist project. It is tempting to think that if Mill had been willing to look to experience at this point also, his theory of practical reasoning, and consequently his moral theory, would have turned out quite differenty"and perhaps less incoherently. So the final moral is that if you're going to be empiricist, be empiricist all the way: about practical reasoning, and about observation.
Type Text
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Volume 110
Issue 2
First Page 282
Last Page 310
Subject Utility; Happiness; Rationalism
Subject LCSH Utilitarianism; Ethics; Empiricism
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Millgram, E. (2000). Mill's proof of the principle of utility. Ethics, 110(2), 282-310.
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