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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Two Views of Happiness in Mill

Two Views of Happiness in Mill

Chapter:
(p.125) Seven Two Views of Happiness in Mill
Source:
Freedom and Limits
Author(s):

Patrick Shade

John Lachs

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0009

Lachs appeals to Aristotle's treatment of eudaimonia to distinguish two views of happiness in Mill's Utilitarianism. In addition to the “official” view that happiness is pleasure, Lachs argues that Mill also understands happiness in reference to the life pattern of a person. Recognizing this second view renders more intelligible Mill's support of liberty, for without liberty, Lachs argues, an individual cannot develop the voluntary self-expressive life patterns (of thought and action) needed to be “happy” in the larger sense.

Keywords:   J.S. Mill, Happiness, Liberty

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