Happiness and Utility

Essays Presented to Frederick Rosen

Edited by Georgios Varouxakis and Mark Philp

Happiness and Utility

Edited by Georgios Varouxakis and Mark Philp

Distributed for UCL Press

332 pages | 0 | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781787350496 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North America only
Cloth $70.00 ISBN: 9781787350502 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North America only
Happiness and Utility brings together experts on utilitarianism to explore the concept of happiness within the utilitarian tradition, situating it alongside earlier eighteenth-century thinkers and working through some of its developments at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. Drawing on a range of philosophical and historical approaches to the study of the central idea of utilitarianism, the chapters provide a rich set of insights into a founding component of ethics and modern political and economic thought, as well as political and economic practice. In doing so, the chapters examine the multiple dimensions of utilitarianism and the contested interpretations of this standard for judgment in morality and public policy. 
The chapters are written in celebration of the career of Professor Fredrick Rosen. They follow his work by concentrating on Bentham and the two Mills, and by the subtleties and sophistication of their understanding of one of the most alluring but elusive ideas of modern times. The volume will be of interest not only to admirers of Rosen but to academics and postgraduate students in disciplines such as philosophy, political theory, the history of political thought, legal theory and legal history.
 
Contents
1. Introduction: Happiness, Utility and the Republic of Letters 1 Mark Philp and Georgios Varouxakis 2. Happiness and Interests in Politics: A Late-Enlightenment Debate 20 Emmanuelle de Champs 3. Jeremy Bentham and the Spanish Constitution of 1812 40 Philip Schofield 4. Scepticism and Epicureanism: From David Hume to J. S. Mill 59 James Moore 5. Bentham on ‘Hume’s Virtues’ 81 José L. Tasset 6. Shaftesbury, Hutcheson and Mill on Pleasure and Virtue 98 Roger Crisp 7. ‘The First Article to Look to is Power’: Bentham, Happiness and the Capability Approach 118 Michael Quinn, Bentham Project UCL 8. Jeremy Bentham and President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms 143 Manuel Escamilla-Castillo 9. James Mill on Happiness 161 Antis Loizides 10. Bentham, Mill, Stoicism and Higher Pleasures 184 Jonathan Riley 11. Individualist and Totalizing Ethical Thinking in Mill’s Utilitarianism 207 John Charvet 12. Mill and Democracy: Taking William Buckley Seriously 225 Alan Ryan 13. John Stuart Mill and the Jewish Question: Broadening the Utilitarian Maximand 246 Samuel Hollander 14. The Failure of Planned Happiness: The Rise and Fall of British Home Colonies 269 Barbara Arneil 15. Making Better Sense of Ideal Utilitarianism 289 David Weinstein Index 313
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