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Happiness and Utility

Essays Presented to Frederick Rosen

by Georgios Varouxakis, Mark Philp

Happiness and Utility

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Book Description

Happiness and Utility brings together experts on utilitarianism to explore the concept of happiness within the utilitarian tradition, situating it in earlier eighteenth-century thinkers and working through some of its developments at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Drawing on a range of philosophical and historical approaches to the study of the central idea of utilitarianism, the chapters provide a rich set of insights into a founding component of ethics and modern political and economic thought, as well as political and economic practice. In doing so, the chapters examine the multiple dimensions of utilitarianism and the contested interpretations of this standard for judgement in morality and public policy.

The chapters are written in celebration of the career of Professor Frederick Rosen. They follow his work by concentrating on Bentham and the two Mills, and by the subtleties and sophistication of their understanding of one of the most alluring but elusive ideas of modern times. The volume will be of interest not only to admirers of Rosen but to academics and postgraduate students in disciplines such as Philosophy, Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Legal Theory and Legal History.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Happiness and Utility ebook for free in PDF format (34.3 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction: Happiness, Utility and the Republic of Letters
Chapter 2
Happiness and Interests in Politics: A Late-Enlightenment Debate
Chapter 3
Jeremy Bentham and the Spanish Constitution of 1812
Chapter 4
Scepticism and Epicureanism: From David Hume to J. S. Mill
Chapter 5
Bentham on 'Hume's Virtues'
Chapter 6
Shaftesbury, Hutcheson and Mill on Pleasure and Virtue
Chapter 7
'The First Article to Look to is Power': Bentham, Happiness and the Capability Approach
Chapter 8
Jeremy Bentham and President Roosevelt's Four Freedoms
Chapter 9
James Mill on Happiness
Chapter 10
Bentham, Mill, Stoicism and Higher Pleasures
Chapter 11
Individualist and Totalizing Ethical Thinking in Mill's Utilitarianism
Chapter 12
Mill and Democracy: Taking William Buckley Seriously
Chapter 13
John Stuart Mill and the Jewish Question: Broadening the Utilitarian Maximand
Chapter 14
The Failure of Planned Happiness: The Rise and Fall of British Home Colonies
Chapter 15
Making Better Sense of Ideal Utilitarianism

Book Details

Happiness and Utility
UCL Press
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
34.3 MB

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