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Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

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UTILITARIANISM
BY
JOHN STUART MILL
 Reprinted from
FRASER’S MAGAZINE
Seventh Edition London Longmans, Green, and Co.1879
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Utilitarianism
by John Stuart Mill
 
is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This PortableDocument file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any person using this documentfile, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk. Neither the Pennsylvania State Uni-versity nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associated with the Pennsylvania State Universityassumes any responsibility for the material contained within the document or for the file as an electronictransmission, in any way.
Utilitarianism
by John Stuart Mill
 ,
the Pennsylvania State University,
 Electronic Classics Series
, JimManis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18202 is a Portable Document File produced as part of an ongoingstudent publication project to bring classical works of literature, in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2004 The Pennsylvania State University
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UTILITARIANISM
BY
JOHN STUART MILL
 Reprinted from
FRASER’S MAGAZINE
Seventh Edition London Longmans, Green, and Co.1879
CHAPTER ICHAPTER ICHAPTER ICHAPTER ICHAPTER IGENERAL REMARKSGENERAL REMARKSGENERAL REMARKSGENERAL REMARKSGENERAL REMARKS
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CIRCUMSTANCES
among those which make upthe present condition of human knowledge, more unlike whatmight have been expected, or more significant of the back-ward state in which speculation on the most important sub- jects still lingers, than the little progress which has been madein the decision of the controversy respecting the criterion of right and wrong. From the dawn of philosophy, the ques-tion concerning the
summum bonum
, or, what is the samething, concerning the foundation of morality, has been ac-counted the main problem in speculative thought, has occu-pied the most gifted intellects, and divided them into sectsand schools, carrying on a vigorous warfare against one an-other. And after more than two thousand years the samediscussions continue, philosophers are still ranged under thesame contending banners, and neither thinkers nor man-kind at large seem nearer to being unanimous on the sub- ject, than when the youth Socrates listened to the oldProtagoras, and asserted (if Plato’s dialogue be grounded ona real conversation) the theory of utilitarianism against thepopular morality of the so-called sophist.It is true that similar confusion and uncertainty, and insome cases similar discordance, exist respecting the first prin-ciples of all the sciences, not excepting that which is deemedthe most certain of them, mathematics; without much im-pairing, generally indeed without impairing at all, the trust-

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