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1.1999 Rawls and Utilitarianism.
This paper discusses the difference in Rawls opinion to that of Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is a theory of ethics that suggests that the rightness or wrongness of a certain action is determined by the amount of happiness that it produces for the greatest number of people. Rawls saw a weakness in utilitarianism in that it assumed that the rights of the minority could be sacrificed for the good of the majority. Rawls believed that the basic social institutions of the well-ordered state, including its constitution, had to satisfy the fundamental principles of social justice. This was his main concern. He especially believed that such a principle was directly connected to having a contract where everyone understood that it was in everyone's interest to have social justice. 14.5 pgs. 15 f/c. 6b.
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Filename: 1999 Rawls and Utilitarianism.doc
2.2770 The Harm Principle: Protecting Individuality.
This paper discusses how Mill is worried about the freedom of the individual against the influence of the majority. He proposes the "harm principle" as a way to protect individuality. Is the "harm principle" sufficient? Some of the problems related to the principle are discussed. 10 pgs. 16 f/c. 5b.
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Filename: 2770 Mill Harm Principle.doc
This paper is an argumentative paper that contends that John Stuart Mill's views on utilitarianism were correct. The essay argues that it makes sense that the rightness or wrongness of an action must be judged solely by its usefulness. In this way, true freedom and individualism emerges in society. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Filename: 3689 Utilitarianism.doc
4.3762 John Stuart Mill.
This brief nine-page biography of English philosopher John Stuart Mill discusses the highlights of his life, examines his many books and essays, and compares and contrasts the philosophy he presented in those works with contemporary and present day philosophical thought. 9 pgs. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Filename: 3762 John Stuart Mill.doc
5.4301 Mills, Tyranny, Eccentricity And The Media.
This short paper investigates John Stewart Mill's ideas on individuality as one of the elements of well-being. It focuses on Mill's ideas on eccentricity, and the dangers he saw in custom and the status quo. Mill believed that a society which encouraged individual liberty was ideal, in that it encouraged both driven individuals and those satisfied with the status quo (they inevitably exist, no matter what the nature of a given society is), to reach their maximum level of happiness. Mill's fundamental idea is that eccentricity among individuals is a key ingredient of genius. Society should not reign in an individual with different interests and passions to conform to mainstream principles. As for whether Mill would say this today, this paper will argue that there is still inherent value in Mill's thoughts on individualism and eccentricity. But it must be noted that our society is more individual-centered than ever, arguably to the detriment of the whole. His key phrase regarding the limitations of self-interest is, as long as it doesn't harm others. Who defines harm? Does individuality lead inevitably to selfishness - a condition in which one no longer respects harm done to others? We need only observe the media to observe murders, robberies and other terrorist groups to drive home this point. 5 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Filename: 4301 Mills Tyranny Media.doc
6.7686 Malthus and the Poor: A Utilitarian Perception on Society.
This paper examines Malthus's theories concerning the poor and his perceptions of their place within society. Malthus is renown for his utilitarian philosophy, and this is applied to why he felt that the poor did not have the right to accept welfare, or even to survive. 8 pgs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Filename: 7686 Malthus Poor Society.doc
This is a 6-page paper in MLA style that describes the definition and argument of Utilitarianism of Mills. 6 pgs. Bibliography lists 1 source.