Utilitarianism

  • by John Stuart Mill
  • Narrated by Daniel Dorse
  • 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There are few circumstances among those which make up the present condition of human knowledge, more unlike what might have been expected, or more significant of the backward state in which speculation on the most important subjects still lingers, than the little progress which has been made in the decision of the controversy respecting the criterion of right and wrong. From the dawn of philosophy, the question concerning the summum bonum, or, what is the same thing, concerning the foundation of morality, has been accounted the main problem in speculative thought, has occupied the most gifted intellects, and divided them into sects and schools, carrying on a vigorous warfare against one another. And after more than 2,000 years the same discussions continue, philosophers are still ranged under the same contending banners, and neither thinkers nor mankind at large seem nearer to being unanimous on the subject, than when the youth Socrates listened to the old Protagoras, and asserted (if Plato's dialogue be grounded on a real conversation) the theory of utilitarianism against the popular morality of the so-called sophist.

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Interesting and Engaging

What did you love best about Utilitarianism?

A philosophical gem which makes the mind expand.


What does Daniel Dorse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Strong, Powerful narration that conveys the philosophical message.


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- Daman

What Cost Happiness

Clear, concise view of what some people are willing to pay for happiness. What he doesn't clearly define is what happiness is. I understand this omission, to a point, because happiness very definitely means different things to different people. And it left me wondering why, for Mill, does happiness equal utility? Maybe I'm not intellectual enough (OK, for sure I'm not) but I don't get the connection. I will keep trying philosophy, though, and someday maybe my mind will open and say a-ha!

The narration was good for me. Daniel Dorse did a good job emphasizing the questions Mill used to express his argument. I listened on 1.5 speed.

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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- Reg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2017
  • Publisher: Ceder Creek Audio