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Name:  John Holladay
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152 Western Philosophy Study Questions

MILL, UTILITARIANISM

 

1. State the utilitarian principle and its correlative definition. On what psychological theory, or "theory of life," is the principle based?

2. If a prize fight yields the same quantity of pleasure as a symphony concert, is there any way of deciding which is better? Explain.

     3.      Does the motive influence the morality of an action?

4. Mill considers several objections to his principle. State them and indicate how he answers them. See especially those concerned with God, expediency, time, and human nature.

5. Try to put down all of the important steps in the proof of utilitarianism that appears in chapter IV. Is the proof convincing?

6. Why does Mill think he must show that happiness is the only thing

        desired as an end.

     7.      Why can't virtue be the principle of morality, i.e., the standard of

             which things are good or bad?

     8.     What is the role of the will in a moral situation?

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