This book presents a new interpretation of the principle of utility in moral and political theory based on the writings of the classical utilitarians from Hume to J.S. Mill. Discussion of utility in writers such as Adam Smith, William Paley and Jeremy Bentham is included.
'Rosen offers a provocative thesis, particularly concerning Hume and Smith, which critics will certainly have to answer.' – Political Studies Review
'There is a lot of material in this book that anyone interested in utilitarianism would benefit from mulling over. It presents interesting perspectives on some traditional themes, and succeeds in clarifying … a number of issues that I am sure will still be discussed in many years.' – Economics and Philosophy