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.
'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
Routledge Philosophy GuideBooks painlessly introduce students to the classic works of philosophy. Each GuideBook considers a major philosopher and a key area of their philosophy by focusing upon an important text – situating the philosopher and the work in a historical context, considering the text in question and assessing the philosopher’s contribution to contemporary thought.
Edited by Tim Crane, University of Cambridge and Jonathan Wolff, University College London