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Thursday, January 13, 2011

CALLING ALL UTILITARIANS

I am preparing my first lecture for the seminar I am giving at UNC Chapel Hill in the Public Policy Department. I need to find where it is that Mill attributes to Bentham the formula "each to count for one and none for more than one" or words to that effect. I have searched UTILITARIANISM and ON LIBERTY, I have Googled, I have searched Bentham himself [INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLES OF MORALS AND LEGISLATION] but I cannot come up with it.

HEEEELLLLPPPP!

7 comments:

Anonymouse said...

It is in Utilitarianism, but the wording is slightly different. Try the bottom of the page here:

http://books.google.com/books?id=-iEvAAAAYAAJ&dq=mill%20dissertations%20and%20discussions%201861&pg=PA388#v=onepage&q=each%20count%20one&f=false

(That's p. 388 of Dissertations and Defenses.)

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Thank you so much. That is essentially almost the last page of the essay. That will do it nicely.

My immense gratitude!

Mo said...

Hey, I'm a new reader to your blog. You might be interested to know that I'm supposedly descended from Sir Jeremy Bentham (on my mother's side). Sadly I never studied utilitarianism in university (I was a poli-sci major).

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Then you know of course about his body being stuffed and displayed annually. Look it up.

John Stuart Mill was Bertrand Russell's godfather, and I once had tea with Bertrand Russell, but that is close as I ever got to the founders of modern utilitarianism.

Chris said...

Mo I too am a Polly sci major, yet I found several classes I took covered mill and Bentham

wallyverr said...

More about "Bentham on display", with (probably out-of-date) photo, at

www.ucl.ac.uk/Bentham-Project/who/autoicon

Mo said...

Chris: I took political theory courses but never studied utilitarianism. I think I would have had to take philosophy classes to do that. My university seemed to focus a lot on Marxism (too much for my tastes). But that's what comes from going to the most left-wing university in Canada I guess, haha!