Justice involves duties that are perfect duties—that is, duties that are correlated with rights V It says that a sanction should be applied iff doing so is optimal. There is no doubt that his initial formulation of his conception of happiness in terms of pleasure misleadingly leads us to expect greater continuity between his own brand of utilitarianism and the hedonistic utilitarianism of the Radicals than we actually find.
OL I 11 Mill apparently believes that the sense of dignity of a properly self-conscious progressive being would give rise to a categorical preference for activities that exercise his or her higher capacities.
Rather, the objection is to restrictions that can only be justified in these ways and cannot be justified by appeal to harm prevention. Not all suboptimal or inexpedient acts are wrong, only those to which one ought to apply some sort of sanction at least, self-reproach.
Hedonism is committed to the idea that one pleasure is better than another because it is more pleasurable. Moreover, it is clear that Mill thinks we need to depart from otherwise justified secondary principles in an important range of cases.
Nonetheless, it may seem natural to assume that as a hedonist he conceives of pleasures as subjective pleasures. But this would make his doctrine of higher pleasures fundamentally anti-hedonistic, insofar it explains the superiority of higher activities, not in terms of the pleasure they produce, but rather in terms of the dignity or value of the kind of life characterized by the exercise of higher capacities.
In introducing the doctrine of higher pleasures, Mill appears to want to make some refinement within hedonism II 3—5. Because this account of duty defines the rightness and wrongness of an act, not in terms of its utility, as act utilitarianism does, but in terms of the utility of applying sanctions to the conduct, it is an indirect form of utilitarianism.
If I am asked what I mean by difference of quality in pleasures, or what makes one pleasure more valuable than another, merely as a pleasure, except its being greater in amount, there is but one possible answer.
These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him or visiting him with any evil in case he do otherwise. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.
It implies that I do wrong every time I fail to perform the optimal act, even when these suboptimal acts are very good.
Token actions produce specifiable consequences; only types of actions have tendencies.
For every distinct pleasure and pain, we must calculate its intensity and its duration. On this view, conduct can be divided into self-regarding and other-regarding conduct. To do this, he argues that happiness is desirable in itself IV 3and a central premise in this argument is that everyone desires his own happiness IV 3.
Mill first applies this test to what each of us desires for her own sake. It is not clear that aggregates of persons have desires. That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.
But competent judges prefer higher activities, and not just subjective pleasures caused by those activities, and their preference for higher pursuits is based on their sense of the dignity inherent in a life lived that way II 6. No wonder they are invariably passive and languid.
This is agonising, as really all you will want to do is studying and think about these images for hours.A season of celebration and exploration of John Berger's work. John Wooden’s parents.
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John Stuart Mill (–) was the most famous and influential British philosopher of the nineteenth century. He was one of the last systematic philosophers, making significant contributions in logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and social theory.
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