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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHILOS 1B03
Professor
Stefan Rodde
Semester
Winter

Description
SP philosophy’s concerned with the best way to arrange our collective lives SP’s a normative discipline John Stuart Mills - Utilitarianism - Wrote about logic - Excerpt from textbook summary: prevent person from harming another Questions: 1) Why should individual liberty be respected? 2) Why does harm (physical, direct) to others provide a legit reason for restricting a person’s liberty? 3) Why’s it necessary and sufficient? Pg 2 from textbook: “I regard utility…as a progressive being” Utilitarian creed: Utility: property which attaches to anything with contributes to pleasure and privation of pain Disutility: property which attaches to anything that promotes pain and deprives us of pleasure Utility/disutility: isn’t restricted to physical pleasure Utility and utilitarianism: An action which tends to maximize overall utility or minimize overall disutility is right - Greatest good for the greatest number Liberty and utility Is there a tension between Mill’s utilitarianism and his views on liberty? OL: never restrict liberty except to prevent harm - But what if restricting liberty maximi
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