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Pleasure: ‘The Choice of Hercules’
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Pleasure: ‘The Choice of Hercules’

Author: Lorraine Marie Arangno
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:The European Legacy, v18 n2 (April 2013): 197-208
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Abstract In this article I contend that John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism has been widely misunderstood, and hence the importance of his philosophical project has been diminished. This misunderstanding arises primarily from misconceptions regarding Mill’s definition of pleasure. However, these misconceptions may be successfully resolved by reflecting on Mill’s educational roots and his  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Lorraine Marie Arangno
ISSN:1084-8770
DOI: 10.1080/10848770.2013.772363
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5136104633
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Abstract In this article I contend that John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism has been widely misunderstood, and hence the importance of his philosophical project has been diminished. This misunderstanding arises primarily from misconceptions regarding Mill’s definition of pleasure. However, these misconceptions may be successfully resolved by reflecting on Mill’s educational roots and his commitment to Greco-Roman philosophy. In particular, I hold that a deeper understanding of Mill’s philosophical progenitors (i.e., Aristotle and Epicurus) would lead us to conclude that for Mill the “pleasures” of the Utilitarian project are in the final analysis nothing other than the “pleasures” of the mind and conscience. Thus, by following Mill’s line of reasoning and adhering to some of the salient points of his work, specifically in Chapter 2 of Utilitarianism, we may reach a richer and more nuanced understanding of his impressive philosophical project.
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