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Love, poetry, & the good life:Mill's autobiography & perfectionist ethics

Clark, Samuel (2010) Love, poetry, & the good life:Mill's autobiography & perfectionist ethics. Inquiry, 53 (6). pp. 565-578. ISSN 0020-174X

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    Abstract

    I argue for a perfectionist reading of Mill's account of the good life, by using the failures of development recorded in his Autobiography as a way to understand his official account of happiness in Utilitarianism. This work offers both a new perspective on Mill's thought, and a distinctive account of the role of aesthetic and emotional capacities in the most choiceworthy human life. I consider the philosophical purposes of autobiography, Mill's disagreements with Bentham, and the nature of competent judges and the pleasure they take in higher culture. I conclude that Millian perfectionism is an attractive and underappreciated option for contemporary value theory.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Inquiry
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Inquiry, 53 (6), 2010, © Informa Plc
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 35624
    Deposited By: Dr Sam Clark
    Deposited On: 26 Jan 2011 10:10
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:02
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/35624

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