A History of Utilitarian Ethics: Studies in Private Motivation and Distributive Justice, 1700-1875, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

A History of Utilitarian Ethics

Studies in Private Motivation and Distributive Justice, 1700-1875, 1st Edition

By Samuel Hollander

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464 pages

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In this landmark volume, Samuel Hollander presents a fresh and compelling history of moral philosophy from Locke to John Stuart Mill, showing that a ‘moral sense’ can actually be considered compatible with utilitarianism.

The book also explores the link between utilitarianism and distributive justice. Hollander engages in close textual exegesis of the works relating to individual authors, while never losing sight of the intellectual relationships between them. Tying together the greatest of the British moral philosophers, this volume reveals an unexpected unity of eighteenth and nineteenth century ethical doctrine at both the individual and social level.

Essential reading for advanced students and researchers of the history of economic thought, political economy, history of ethics, history of political thought and intellectual history.

Table of Contents

Contents

PART I: JOHN LOCKE

Chapter 1: John Locke, Utilitarian Ethics and the Moral Sense

PART II: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MORAL-SENSE LITERATURE

Chapter 2: Lord Shaftesbury, Utilitarian Ethics and the Moral Sense

Chapter 3: Two Shaftesbury Critics: Bernard Mandeville and John Brown

Chapter 4: Francis Hutcheson and the Hutcheson-Locke Relation

Chapter 5: David Hume, Utilitarian Ethics, the Moral Sense and Distributive Justice

Chapter 6: C.A.Helvétius and David Hartley: Utilitarian Ethics and the Moral Sense

PART III: ADAM SMITH

Chapter 7: Utilitarian Ethics in The Theory Of Moral Sentiments

Chapter 8: Utilitarian Ethics and Distributive Justice in The Wealth Of Nations

PART IV: JEREMY BENTHAM

Chapter 9: Bentham, Utilitarian Ethics and Distributive Justice

Chapter 10: Bentham in Relation To Locke and the Eighteenth-Century Literature

PART V: THOMAS ROBERT MALTHUS

Chapter 11: Malthus and the Utilitarians

Chapter 12: Malthus, Distributive Justice and the Equality Issue

PART VI: JOHN STUART MILL

Chapter 13: Mill, Distributive Justice and Reform

Chapter 14: Mill, Ethical Progress and Personal Liberty

Chapter 15: Mill and The Moral Sense: The Return to Bentham (And Hutcheson)

About the Author

Samuel Hollander is University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Canada, and is currently affiliated with the Department of Economics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS023000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUS069030
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
HIS037050
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
PHI005000
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory