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Philosophy and the Art of Living: John Stuart Mill

This guide is for the students in Dr. Bruce Fraser's Clemente Course in the Humanites.

Course Readings

Utilitarianism - available to read online or on a mobile device as a Project Gutenberg eBook

More by John Stuart Mill

On Liberty - available to read online or on a mobile device as a Project Gutenberg eBook

About John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher who lived from 1806 to 1873. He was a known and respected philosopher during his lifetime. His major works include Utilitarianism, A System of Logic, The Subjection of Women, and On Liberty. Mill was influenced by Jeremy Bentham, another utilitarian. Mill believed that the principle of utility should guide morality, stating "actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they intend to promote the reverse of happiness" (161).

References

Collinson, D. & Plant, K. (2006). Fifty major philosophers. (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.