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Nineteenth Century Philosophy

John Stuart Mill

What was John Stuart Mill’s formulation of utilitarianism?

Mill showed how the principle of utility can be used to account for individual action and collective values. As a consequence of individuals seeking their own happiness, the good of society as a personal goal might be a result. Social values such as justice, in Mill’s account, do not benefit society as mere abstractions, but only if individuals seek them out in their own lives.



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