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Happiness and Utility brings together experts on utilitarianism to explore the concept of happiness within the utilitarian tradition, situating it in earlier eighteenth-century thinkers and working through some of its developments at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Drawing on a range of philosophical and historical approaches to the study of the central idea of utilitarianism, the chapters provide a rich set of insights into a founding component of ethics and modern political and economic thought, as well as political and economic practice. In doing so, the chapters examine the multiple dimensions of utilitarianism and the contested interpretations of this standard for judgement in morality and public policy. The chapters are written in celebration of the career of Professor Frederick Rosen. They follow his work by concentrating on Bentham and the two Mills, and by the subtleties and sophistication of their understanding of one of the most alluring but elusive ideas of modern times. The volume will be of interest not only to admirers of Rosen but to academics and postgraduate students in disciplines such as Philosophy, Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Legal Theory and Legal History.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. List of contributors
  2. pp. vii-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. 1. Introduction: Happiness, Utility and the Republic of Letters
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  1. 2. Happiness and Interests in Politics: A Late-Enlightenment Debate
  2. pp. 20-39
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  1. 3. Jeremy Bentham and the Spanish Constitution of 1812
  2. pp. 40-58
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  1. 4. Scepticism and Epicureanism: From David Hume to J. S. Mill
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. 5. Bentham on ‘Hume’s Virtues’
  2. pp. 81-97
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  1. 6. Shaftesbury, Hutcheson and Mill on Pleasure and Virtue
  2. pp. 98-117
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  1. 7. ‘The First Article to Look to is Power’: Bentham, Happiness and the Capability Approach
  2. pp. 118-142
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  1. 8. Jeremy Bentham and President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms
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  1. 9. James Mill on Happiness
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  1. 10. Bentham, Mill, Stoicism and Higher Pleasures
  2. pp. 184-206
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  1. 11. Individualist and Totalizing Ethical Thinking in Mill’s Utilitarianism
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  1. 12. Mill and Democracy: Taking William Buckley Seriously
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  1. 13. John Stuart Mill and the Jewish Question: Broadening the Utilitarian Maximand
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  1. 14. The Failure of Planned Happiness: The Rise and Fall of British Home Colonies
  2. pp. 269-288
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  1. 15. Making Better Sense of Ideal Utilitarianism
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  1. Index
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  1. Ruptures
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787350489
Related ISBN
9781787350496
MARC Record
OCLC
1127388050
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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