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The Happiness PhilosophersThe Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians$
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Bart Schultz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154770

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154770.001.0001

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John Stuart Mill and Company

John Stuart Mill and Company

(p.111) Chapter Three John Stuart Mill and Company
The Happiness Philosophers

Bart Schultz

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines John Stuart Mill's legacy as an advocate of utilitarianism. Mill championed an open society, critical thinking, human dignity, and women's equality and produced immortal works such as Utilitarianism, On Liberty, On the Subjection of Women, and the thirty-three volume Collected Works of John Stuart Mill. The chapter first provides an overview of Mill's early life and education before discussing the ways that he was influenced by his father James Mill and Jeremy Bentham. It then considers how Mill, together with his wife, Harriet Taylor Mill, succeeded in framing a vision of a vibrant, individualistic liberalism replete with a healthy public sphere and grounded on the progress of civilization and happiness. It also explores Mill's views on subjects ranging from pleasure and the principle of utility to hedonism, liberty, colonization, poor relief, death penalty, and religion.

Keywords:   happiness, John Stuart Mill, utilitarianism, Harriet Taylor Mill, liberalism, hedonism, pleasure, Jeremy Bentham, James Mill

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