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Prolegomena : Časopis za filozofiju, Vol.7 No.1 Travanj 2008.

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What are Millian Qualitative Superiorities?

Jonathan Riley ; Tulane University – Department of Philosophy, New Orleans, USA

Puni tekst: engleski, pdf (315 KB) str. 61-79 preuzimanja: 584* citiraj
Riley, J. (2008). What are Millian Qualitative Superiorities?. Prolegomena : Časopis za filozofiju, 7(1), 61-79. Preuzeto s

In an article published in Prolegomena 2006, Christoph Schmidt-Petri has defended his interpretation and attacked mine of Mill’s idea that higher kinds of pleasure are superior in quality to lower kinds, regardless of quantity. Millian qualitative superiorities as I understand them are infinite superiorities. In this paper, I clarify my interpretation and show how Schmidt-Petri has misrepresented it and ignored the obvious textual support for it. As a result, he fails to understand how genuine Millian qualitative superiorities determine the novel structure of Mill’s pluralistic utilitarianism, in which a social code of justice that distributes equal rights and duties takes absolute priority over competing considerations. Schmidt-Petri’s own interpretation is a non-starter, because it does noteven recognize that Mill is talking about different kinds of pleasant feelings, such that the higher kinds are intrinsically more valuable than the lower. I conclude by outlining why my interpretation is free of any metaphysical commitment to the “essence” of pleasure.

Ključne riječi
Essence; hedonism; higher and lower pleasure; infinite superiority; justice; lexical hierarchy; Mill; security; utilitarianism

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