John Mill Utilitarianism

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In the following essay I am going to first of all explain what J S Mill means by the statement on mankind’s way of living. I will do this by critically assessing his point of view, whilst adding the perspectives of other Philosophers. Subsequently I will analyze how a defender of Mill’s theory would answer the question of: Should assisted suicide be legal? Finally I will demonstrate my point of view on the question. I will conclude by summing up all the topics discussed.

John Stuart Mill was a philosopher, political economist and civil servant in the 19th century . Mill is a Liberalist, which means that he believed that the government should not influence our personal choices as equal citizens of a society. John Mill was also a Utilitarian,
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When a person can no longer sustain life, because it is no longer worth living, or the pain has exceeded the pleasure, becoming the sole focus in life, then death may be morally justified. It could thus benefit the person itself, but also those around him or her. When you see someone in constant excruciating pain, or in depression, they might affect your life in a negative manner, dragging you down into their hole. Since Mill is a utilitarian he believes that each act should provide the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.

Allowing assisted suicide to be legal would make it easier to abuse it.

Mill's principle has been challenges in the area of suicide and self-harm, on the grounds that what we ordinarily regard as different time-segments of the same person can more appropriately be viewed as different persons. Therefore, a person wishing to inflict harm, or death, upon himself, today, may, if prevented, later develop into a person who would change his attitude towards self-harm. In this case, it is argued, there is a different person who has been harmed.

John Stuart Mill, one of the foremost nineteenth-century spokesmen for liberalism, advocated Utilitarianism in ethics, i.e., the view that we should each act so as to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. He taught that we can only limit a person's conduct when it presents harm to others, irrespective of whether it presents harm to the agent
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