John Stuart Mill
Director, Middle East Study Group, University of Hull
April 22, 2009
ETHICAL COMMUNICATION: FIVE MORAL STANCES IN HUMAN DIALOGUE, Clifford G. Christians and John C. Merrill, eds., pp. 25-32, Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2009
John Stuart Mill's concept of ethics was closely related to his firm belief in freedom. He was strictly a believer in each person bringing the greatest degree of happiness or good to the greatest number. This would be an individual act and in no way a forced action. One is free to act without coercion as long as no harm is brought to another person. Consequences must be considered carefully before acting and the act chosen must be the best of possible choices designed to bring about the most good. Mill is definitely a prime example of teleological ethics - an ethics of considering consequences, one which is notably different from Kant's concept of following a priori maxims or principles, regardless of consequences.
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Keywords: Mill, utilitarianism, Benthamism, liberty, individuality, freedom of expression, Truth Principle, incitement
JEL Classification: Z700Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 23, 2009
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