Is Mill a Rule Utilitarian?
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September 21, 2014
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Finally, the Utilitarian Principle holds that right actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. I hope that my assumption will be granted as it is taken verbatim from the text. With these notions as a starting point I believe that I can now show Mill to be an act-utilitarian...
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With these notions as a starting point I believe that I can now show Mill to be an act-utilitarian.
The case for Mill being a rule-utilitarian is a strong one. Mill certainly relies heavily on rules in his treatise and argues that they are useful to the point of necessity.
To consider the rules of morality as improvable is one thing;
to pass over the intermediate generalizations entirely, and to
endeavor to test each individual action directly by the first
principle is another...
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