How Does Mill Define Happiness

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According to Mill, utility, which is the Greatest Happiness Principle, is defined as pleasure and the absence of pain. The important concept of utility is that “actions that are right . . . promote happiness, and those that are wrong do not promote happiness.” The actions that promote pleasure or happiness are right and are intentional. Mill mentioned that “happiness is intended pleasure”, which suggests that there are two types of pleasures. The higher pleasure engages the mind and the lower pleasure engages the senses and body. Mill argues that happiness is the higher pleasure where people exercise their higher faculty to achieve pleasure or happiness. However, utilitarianism does not say that it is moral for people simply to pursue what
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