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The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians

Bart Schultz

Abstract

This book tells the colorful story of the lives and legacies of the founders of utilitarianism—one of the most influential yet misunderstood philosophies of the past two centuries. Best known for arguing that “it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong,” utilitarianism was developed by the radical philosophers, critics, and social reformers William Godwin, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, and Henry Sidgwick. Together, they had a profound influence on nineteenth-century reforms. Their work transformed life in ways we take for ... More

Keywords: utilitarianism, William Godwin, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, Henry Sidgwick, radical philosophers, social reform, happiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154770
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bart Schultz, author
University of Chicago