"UTILITARIANISM" (JOHN STUART MILL).
Critiques coherence & consistency of philosopher's moral theory. Reason, happiness, experience, social order, intuition.
The purpose of this research is to examine grounds of moral motivation with reference to Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill. The plan of the research... more
The purpose of this research is to examine grounds of moral motivation with reference to Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill. The plan of the research will be to set forth the moral context of Mill's discussion of Utilitarian theory, and then to evaluate the coherence, consistency, and strength of the argument as moral philosophy.
In his introduction, Mill quite directly declares Utilitarianism an exercise in the first principles of moral philosophy. In part, the work is a referendum on and critique of earlier moral philosophy, but to the degree it looks at what constitutes the reality of morality, it touches on ontological as well as epistemological territory. In that sense, Utilitarianism might be characterized as an exercise in moral ontology. To the degree Mill's focus is on the moral implications of the practical conse