Mill would might respond to Arnold one of 2 ways. First, he might say that while pain might sometimes be an instrumental good, it is not a good in itself (unlike pleasure). Therefore, pain cannot be pleasure. Second, he might respond that Arnold is confused. He seems to be saying that, for him, growing is […]Read More Mill: On Utilitarianism
The Dualism of Practical Reason from “Some Fundamental Ethical Controversies” by Sidgwick IntroductionSometimes we are faced with decisions in which we must choose between our own good and the good of others. Of course, there are happy situations where the two converge, but the difficult moral situations are those in which the two interests do not […]Read More The Dualism of Practical Reason: Sidgwick
Sidgwick’s Criticisms of Mill’s Proof of Utilitarianism Ok, apparently I can only write if it’s in my blog so, instead of staring at a blank screen trying to rewrite my paper, I’ll write down the basic ideas up in herr first.Here we will examine Sidgwick’s criticisms of Mill’s Proof of Utilitarianism. With that in mind, it […]Read More Sidgwick’s Criticisms of Mill’s Proof of Utilitarianism
Mill’s Utilitarianism, Chapter IV: Of What Sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible Note: For criticisms of Mill’s Proof see my later posts “Sidgwick’s Criticisms of Mill’s Proof” and “Moore’s Criticisms of Mill’s Proof” Favorite Quote: “…[Virtue] may be felt a good in itself, and desired as such with as great intensity as any other […]Read More Mill’s Utilitarianism Part 3: Proof of the Principle of Utilitarianism
Yo check it. Weez about to learn about why (Mill thinks) we should be compelled to adopt and adhere to utilitarianism as the ultimate moral standard. That is, why does a utilitarian ethic have binding force? Overview and RecapOk, so…like…’member utilitarianism? It’s the idear that the moral goodness of an action is proportional to the […]Read More Mill’s Utilitarianism Part 2: Mill’s Argument for the Ultimate Sanction (What Can Compel Us to Consider General Happiness when We Act? )
Updayt:Hey er’body…I’m baaack! Before we get down to biniz and talk about Mill an’ stuff here’s a brief updayt. First, my sincerest apologies to the throngs of my adoring fans that had to go the whole summer without reading a new post, but I needed a break. Also, I was studying for the state and […]Read More Mill’s Utilitarianism Part 1: John Stuart Mill’s Argument for Qualitative Hedonism
Notes and Thoughts on A. J. Ayer’s Critique of Ethics and Theology Favourite Quote: “The propositions which describe the phenomena of moral experience must be assigned to psychology or sociology. The exhortations to moral virtue are not propositions at all, but ejaculations or commands which are designed to provoke the reader to action of a […]Read More The Hoorah/Boo Theory of Ethics: A. J. Ayer Part 1
KANT…Kant…kant… There are several philosophers that are notoriously difficult to interpret–one of the guys that falls squarely in that category is Immauel Kant. His name strikes fear into philosophy students around the woooooorld. Being the glutton for punishment that I am I decided to take the Kant seminar that is being offered at U […]Read More Kant, Libertarians, and The Bible, Oh, My!