Utilitarianism (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A landmark of moral philosophy and an ideal introduction to ethics, this famous work balances the claims of individuals and society, declaring that all actions should produce the greatest happiness overall. It remains as relevant today as it was to intellectual and moral dilemmas of the 19th century.

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Reissued in its corrected 1864 second edition, this work by the philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806–73) argues for a utilitarian theory of morality, refining Bentham's 'greatest happiness' principle and defending it from common criticisms. Mill's key discussion on the topic, it remains a fundamental text in ethics.

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John Stuart Mill(1806 - 1873) was a London born renowned philosopher and economist, who greatly influenced the structure of British thought and political discourse. Extensively educated in his childhood, he had studied Plato, Aristotle and other world classics by the age of 16. He served in the East India Company and through his work, he emphasised greater individual liberty, women's rights and human progress. A new depth and a greater horizon was lent by him to the theory of Utilitarianism.

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