TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface A Note on Mill's Texts 1: Mill's Radical Background 2: Varieties of Motivation 3: Perfectionism about Happiness and Higher Pleasures 4: Ambivalence about Duty 5: The Justification of Utilitarianism 6: Liberal Preliminaries 7: Freedom of Expression in a Liberal Context 8: Liberal Principles Refined 9: Liberalism, Utilitarianism, and Rights 10: Liberal Democracy 11: Sexual Equality Epilogue Bibliography Index
David O. Brink is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and a Director of the Institute for Law and Philosophy at the University of San Diego School of Law. His research interests are in ethical theory, history of ethics, and jurisprudence. He is the author of Moral Realism and the Foundations of Ethics (CUP, 1989) and Perfectionism and the Common Good: Themes in the Philosophy of T.H. Green (OUP, 2003).
`Brink's book raises all the important issues in Mill's moral and political theory, but, as always, the complexities of Millas thought defy a final settlement. The book is an outstanding contribution not only to Mill scholarship, but also to moral and political philosophy more generally.' C.L. Ten, Mind `This book deserves study by all Mill scholars, whether traditionalist or revisionist, and anyone interested in the tension between liberalism and utilitarianism among the nineteenth-century Philosophical Radicals culminating in Millas thought.' Daniel Jacobson, Ethics `This is a very substantial study of Mill's moral and political philosophy: the most important comprehensive study since Fred Berger's landmark book of 1984 . . . [Brink] proposes a deeply thought-out, unifying new reading of Mill's thought, which will attract lasting attention -- and, I expect, prove lastingly controversial. It should be read not just by anyone with an interest in Mill but more generally by anyone with an interest in the historical development of Anglophone ethical and political theory, or in the possibilities and varieties of perfectionism. . . . [Brink's] interpretation of Mill's fundamental outlook . . . is striking and new.' John Skorupski, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews `David O. Brink's study of John Stuart Mill's moral and political philosophy, Mill's Progressive Principles, is challenging and thought-provoking on multiple levels. . . this is a work in the history of philosophy that is a significant and rewarding contribution to the continuing debate about the viability of utilitarianism.' Diane Jeske, Utilitas