Routledge Revivals: The Greatest Happiness Principle (1986): An Examination of Utilitarianism

1st Edition

Lanny O. Ebenstein

Routledge
Published December 15, 2017
Reference - 344 Pages
ISBN 9780815362340 - CAT# K347107
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

First published in 1991, The Greatest Happiness Principle traces the history of the theory of utility, starting with the Bible, and running through Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus. It goes on to discuss the utilitarian theories of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill in detail, commenting on the latter’s view of the Christianity of his day and his optimal socialist society. The book argues that the key theory of utility is fundamentally concerned with happiness, stating that  happiness has largely been left out of discussions of utility. It also goes on to argue that utility can be used as a moral theory, ultimately posing the question, what is happiness?

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