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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 Aesthetics'. In the volume's first section, Rex Martin, David Weinstein, Ben Eggleston, and Dale E. Miller investigate the relation between the departments of morality and prudence. Their papers ask whether Mill is a rule utilitarian and, if so, whether his practical philosophy must be incoherent. The second section contains papers by Jonathan Riley and Wendy Donner, who explore the relation between the departments of morality and aesthetics. They discuss issues ranging from supererogation to aesthetic pleasure and humanity's relationship with nature. The papers in the third section consider the Art of Life's axiological first principle, the principle of utility. Elijah Millgram contends that Mill's own life refutes his claim that the Art of Life has a single axiological first principle.
Philip Kitcher maintains that Mill has a dynamic axiology requiring us to continually refine our conception of the good. In the final section, three papers address what it means to put the Art of Life into practice. Robert Haraldsson locates an 'Art of Ethics' in On Liberty that is in tension with the Art of Life. Nadia Urbinati plumbs the classical roots of Mill's view of the good life. Finally, Colin Heydt develops Mill's suggestion that we regard our own lives as works of art.
Ben Eggleston: Philosophy, University of Kansas. Dale Miller: Philosophy, Old Dominion University; DW: Political Science, Wake Forest University
INTRODUCTION ; SECTION ONE ; 1. Mill's Rule Utilitarianism in Context by Rex Martin ; 2. Interpreting Mill by David Weinstein ; 3. Rules and Their Reasons: Mill on Morality and Instrumental Rationality by Ben Eggleston ; 4. Mill, Rule Utilitarianism, and the Incoherence Objection by Dale E. Miller ; SECTION TWO ; 5. Optimal Moral Rules and Supererogatory Acts by Jonathan Riley ; 6. Morality, Virtue and Aesthetics in Mill's Art of Life by Wendy Donner ; SECTION THREE ; 7. Mill's Incubus by Elijah Millgram ; 8. Mill, Education, and the Good Life by Philip Kitcher ; 9. Taking it to Heart: Mill on Appropriation and the Art of Ethics by Robert H. Haraldsson ; 10. An Alternative Modernity: Mill on Capitalism and the Quality of Life by Nadia Urbinati ; 11. Mill, Life as Art, and Problems of Self-Description in an Industrial Age by Colin Heydt
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