Who Is John Stuart Mill In Defense Of Utilitarianism

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In Defense of Utilitarianism, J.S. Mill

In the excerpt from John Stuart Mill’s book, Utilitarianism, Mill defends the utilitarian theory against three different objections. The first, and strongest opposition to utilitarianism was the accusation that the emphasis on the pursuit of pleasure makes utilitarianism “a doctrine worthy of swine.” This was my favorite argument because Mill defended it so well stating that there are varying degrees of pleasure. He refers to them as “high” and “low” pleasures, which I do agree with. While a pig can eat exorbitant amounts of food for pleasure they cannot experience the pleasures that demand a higher level of intellect and consciousness (music, literature, art). Mill attempted to prove the invalidity

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