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University of Toronto Scarborough
Elizabeth Page- Gould

Nicolas Jeganathan Russell Devlin 998878335 TUT0005 – 5889320 Utilitarianism and Mill’s View Utilitarianism is a doctrine which states that if an act is morally right it will produce the greatest sum of pleasure, minus that of its respective pain. Which put into a formula would be the utility of an act is equal to its value in Hedons minus, that of its respective Dolors. The subject has been divided into two segments which are: Consequentialism, focusing on producing the greatest total amount of good; as well as Hedonism, which states the only thing which is good is pleasure and the absence of pain. In the reading, “In Defense of Utilitarianism” by John Stuart Mill there are three main objections to this practice. The one being focused on is the “no time to calculate” objection, stating that “in ordinary circumstances calling for a moral decision we lack the time needed for calculating utility”. The objection itself, as Mill puts it, stems from a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the views of utilitarianism. To reiterate, he believes that a Utilitarian’s act of calculating the greatest possible utility should come as second nature and, as more of a guideline than a strict calculation. He continues further as to say that we as a
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