1st Edition

Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Mill on Utilitarianism

By Roger Crisp Copyright 1998
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Mill was one of the most important British philosophers of the nineteenth century; his Utilitarianism is a pivotal work in ethical thought. This book, written specifically for students coming to Mill - and perhaps philosophy - for the first time, will be an ideal guide.
    Mill on Utilitarianism introduces and assesses:
    * Mill's life and the background of Utilitarianism
    * the ideas and text of Utilitarianism
    * the continuing importance of Mill's work to philosophy
    This is the first book dedicated to Utilitarianism itself. Concisely written and engaging, it is perfect reading for those studying Mill or moral philosophy.

    Acknowledgements, A note on texts and references, 1 A teacher in an age of transition, 2 Welfare and pleasure, 3 Experience, desire and the ideal , 4 The proof and sanctions of utilitarianism, 5 What utilitarianism is, 6 Integrity, 7 Justice, 8 Utilitarianism and freedom: On Liberty, 9 Utilitarianism and equality: The Subjection of Women, Bibliography, Index


    Crisp, Roger

    'Clear in its presentation and nearly flawless in its content ... As a commentary on Mill's text, Crisp's book is probably the best of any now available.' - Mind

    'A superb book ... A highly readable, reliable and insightful introduction to Mill's philosophical ethics and politics. It is a substantial piece of Mill scholarship, and the best current introduction to the utilitarian tradition. One could hardly ask for more.' - Philosophical Books

    'It is a pleasure to read and welcome this book. Roger Crisp has achieved the difficult task of writing an introductory work that is scholarly yet clear, lively and approachable' - Journal of Medical Ethics

    Elegantly and clearly written - Theoria