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This edition of Utilitarianism supplements the text of Mill’s classic essay with 58 related remarks carefully selected from Mill’s other writings, ranging from his treatise on logic to his personal correspondence. In these remarks, Mill comments on specific passages of Utilitarianism, elaborates on topics he handles briefly in Utilitarianism, and discusses additional aspects of his moral thought.
Short introductory comments accompany the related remarks, and an editor’s introduction provides an overview of Utilitarianism crafted specifically to enhance accessibility for first-time readers of the essay.
"Eggleston has produced easily the best edition of Utilitarianism available. By conveniently including so many of the relevant passages from supplementary works, all organized for ease of reference, scholars and students alike will now have at their fingertips the materials needed to make sense of Mill's classic text. This is important not just for an accurate understanding of Mill's own moral and political philosophy, but for a proper appreciation of utilitarianism as a leading moral tradition."
—Piers Norris Turner, Associate Professor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University
"Some of the ambiguity of Utilitarianism can be resolved, or at least debated, by attention to Mill's other writings. Eggleston's edition provides the primary sources for such discussion in its endnotes. A serious teacher of Utilitarianism should use this edition."
—Henry West, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Macalester College
"Wonderful idea to publish Mill's Utilitarianism with related remarks from Mill's other writings. Like Nietzsche, Mill clearly assumed that the readers of Utilitarianism knew his other writings, which is no longer the case. That is why this is such a valuable edition, especially for students."
—Robert H. Haraldsson, University of Iceland
About the Author:
Ben Eggleston is Professor of Philosophy, The University of Kansas.