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- n. Plural form of utilitarianism.
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Even among utilitarianisms, many define ‘utility’ as human happiness, others as individual development, and only some as economic efficiency/wealth.
For the more plausible utilitarianisms mentioned above, however, such as Mill's and Hare's, the agent does not always calculate afresh, but must instead be alive to the possibility that because the ordinary “landmarks and direction posts” lead one astray in the situation at hand, one must make recourse to a more direct and critical mode of moral reasoning.
But indeed, I can't write a sentence more without saying some of the evil it deserves -- of the utilitarianisms of this corrupt age -- among some of the chief of which are steel pens!
Further, it is noteworthy that if Mill's utilitarianism is consistent it is completely invulnerable to self-effacement arguments that contemporary utilitarianisms often face; Mill's utilitarianism is not self-effacing, because any moral judgments just are utility judgments (to a degree of approximation, at least), and no one can argue that morality in general is self-effacing.
Like Rawls, Mill thinks utilitarianisms that ignore quality of desire (or to be more accurate, quality of satisfaction of desire) are doomed to fail.
But indeed, I can't write a sentence more without saying some of the evil it deserves ” of the utilitarianisms of this corrupt age ” among some of the chief of which are steel pens!