On Millgram on mill

Utilitas 16 (1):96-108 (2004)

Authors
Dale E. Miller
Old Dominion University
Abstract
In a recent article in Ethics, Elijah Millgram presents a novel reconstruction of J. S. Mill's ‘proof’ of the principle of utility. Millgram's larger purpose is to critique instrumentalist approaches to practical reasoning. His reading of the proof makes Mill out to be an instrumentalist, and Millgram thinks that the ultimate failure of Mill's argument usefully illustrates an inconsistency inherent in instrumentalism. Yet Millgram's interpretation of the proof does not succeed. Mill is not an instrumentalist. Millgram may be right that instrumentalism is incoherent, but he has chosen the wrong figure to illustrate the point.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/s0953820803001080
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 46,425
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Mill's Incubus.Elijah Millgram - 2010 - In Ben Eggleston, Dale E. Miller & D. Weinstein (eds.), John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life. Oxford University Press.
John Stuart Mill, Determinism, and the Problem of Induction.Elijah Millgram - 2009 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (2):183-199.
Practical Induction.Elijah Millgram - 1997 - Harvard University Press.
Was Hume a Humean?Elijah Millgram - 1995 - Hume Studies 21 (1):75-94.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
69 ( #127,102 of 2,286,282 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #196,066 of 2,286,282 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature