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Philosophy
Course
Philosophy 1020
Professor
John Thorp
Semester
Winter

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32 Utilitarianism0 BenthamMill we will meet Mill again in political philosophy he was the originator of what we loosely call liberalism individual freedom womens right freedom of the press1 Utilitythe foundation of morals is utility or the greatest happiness principle Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness2 The idea of happinesspresence of pleasure and absence of painPleasure or happiness is the only thing desirable as an end it is therefore an intrinsic good and all other desirable things are so desired for the pleasure that they produce These other goods are simply means towards pleasure and are therefore instrumental goods this is opposed to asceticism a moral principle that seems to find pain and discomfort to be go
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