John Stewart Mills explains that utilitarianism is, assignment help

SUPERIOR-PAPERS.COM essay writing company is the ideal place for homework help. If you are looking for affordable, custom-written, high-quality and non-plagiarized papers, your student life just became easier with us. Click the button below to place your order.

Order a Similar Paper Order a Different Paper

Reply to post in 100 words.

John Stewart Mills explains that utilitarianism is “…an existence as free as possible from pain and as rich as possible in enjoyments.” (Mills, 2008, p. 8) We would all love to live pain free and happy but having experienced life, we generally understand that it is not always possible. Mosser (2013) explains that anything good is considered a pleasure and all pleasures are measured by their importance. For example, both eating and watching a movie are pleasures because they both provide a desirable outcome, as long as we assume you like movies. We understand that eating is necessary to survival while watching a movie is not. Therefore, we would say eating is a more important pleasure. Now we understand that pleasures are not equal. In contrast, suffering is a negative or evil. We do not want to suffer and according to the Golden Rule, we should not want others to suffer. (Mosser, 2013) Due to this we must weigh our decisions to ensure we do not cause suffering in order to generate pleasures. For example, if I want to purchase the hottest trend of sneakers but I know that a company that enslaves its workers makes those sneakers utilitarianism would argue that I do not buy the sneakers. This is because my pleasure of wearing popular on trend sneakers, when I have other options to purchase from, would not outweigh the suffering the enslaved workers would endure. This leads me to believe that these two principles are inconsistent with each other. Though we seek pleasure, we should not do so at others expense. An additional example of this would be an arena of spectators watching two gladiators fight to the death. We must assume the spectators receive great pleasure watching the gladiators fight but we understand that at least one gladiator would die. It is not worth one life lost for 10,000 spectator’s pleasure of watching. The suffering of the one would outweigh the pleasure of the 10,000.


Mill, J. S. (2008). Utilitarianism, In J. Bennett (Ed. & Rev.) Early Modern Philosophy. Retrieved from

Mosser, K. (2013). Understanding philosophy [Electronic version]. Retrieved from

Got stuck with a writing task? We can help! Use our paper writing service to score better grades and meet your deadlines.

Get 15% discount for your first order

Order a Similar Paper Order a Different Paper