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John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life

Ben Eggleston, Dale Miller, and David Weinstein


The “Art of Life” is John Stuart Mill's name for his account of practical reason. In this volume, eleven leading scholars elucidate this fundamental, but widely neglected, element of Mill's thought. Mill divides the Art of Life into three “departments”: “Morality, Prudence or Policy, and Æsthetics.” The first section investigates the relation between the departments of morality and prudence. The chapters ask whether Mill is a rule utilitarian and, if so, whether his practical philosophy must be incoherent. The second section explores the relation between the departments of morality and aesthet ... More

Keywords: John Stuart Mill, Art of Life, utilitarianism, principle of utility, greatest happiness principle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195381245
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Eggleston, editor
University of Kansas

Dale Miller, editor
Old Dominion University
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David Weinstein, editor
Wake Forest University
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