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Utilitarian Reasoning IV: Justice and Utility

In our first Utilitarian Reasoning, we saw the clear resonance that Utilitarian conceptions of justice had with Epicurean conceptions of mutual advantage, as presented in the Principal Doctrines. In Mill’s fifth chapter, the subject of justice is revisited, as it … Continue reading

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Utilitarian Reasonings III: Virtue as Means to Pleasure

Life would be a poor thing, very ill provided with sources of happiness, if there were not this provision of nature, by which things originally indifferent, but conducive to, or otherwise associated with, the satisfaction of our primitive desires, become … Continue reading

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Utilitarian Reasonings II: Of the Higher Pleasures

One of the archaeological objects found in the villa of the papyri at Herculaneum, together with the Epicurean scrolls written by Philodemus of Gadara, was the leaping pig sculpture which has become symbolic of the Epicurean community. The origin of … Continue reading

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Utilitarian Reasonings I

The ancient Epicureans’ contractarian ideas on justice have greatly influenced contemporary libertarianism, and conceptions of hedonic calculus–the comparative evaluation of the pleasure versus pain generated by our choices and avoidances–have been applied, sometimes in a manner that is not very … Continue reading

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