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Relation between Quality of Pleasure and Quantity of Pleasure in J. S. Mill’s Theory of Utilitarianism (2011)

Author: P. Janda

Email: pavel.janda@bristol.ac.uk

Affiliation: University of Bristol, United Kingdom

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Cotham Hill
Bristol BS6 6JL
United Kingdom

Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy

Language: language

Abstract (english):

Presented paper critically explores Mill’s theory of quality of pleasure. J. S. Mill in his attempt to secure utilitarian position against different adversaries introduced a conception of the quality of pleasure in order to reply to accusations that utilitarianism ends up as a theory suitable only for animalistic part of human nature. Yet, his exposition of the aforementioned principle is far from being lucid. Especially his theory of relation between quantity of pleasure and quality of pleasure suffers from many ambiguous or rather opaque parts. To explore these unclear thoughts is the goal of this paper.

Abstract (czech):

Práce si klade za cíl kriticky prozkoumat teorii J. S. Milla o rozlišení kvalitativní a kvantitativní charakteristice požitků (pleasure). Mill svoji teorii představil jako reakci na kritiku, že utilitární teorie vyhovuje jen zvířecí povaze lidské přirozenost a neuvažuje o vyšších schopnostech lidského ducha. Millova expozice teorie ale není v mnoha pasážích zcela jasná a průhledná. Práce se zaměřuje hlavně na prozkoumání problematického vztahu mezi kvantitativní stránkou a kvalitativní stránkou potěšení.

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