The “Proof” of Utility in Bentham and Mill
The ostensible object of the present paper is to correct an interpretation that, in the author’s estimation, involves a grave historical injustice. Frankly, however, this would never have been undertaken had there not been a supporting motivation—the desire to bring to the attention of contemporary ethicists a basic, yet simple, methodological distinction, a distinction imbedded, so it will be contended, in the writings of Bentham and Mill but almost completely neglected up to the present.
KeywordsEthical Theory Ethical Judgment Ethical System Great Happiness Naturalistic Fallacy
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