Maarten Maartensz

  Philosophy - Mill - Utilitarianism - TOC



This is the Table Of Contents (TOC) of this html-edition of Mill's Utilitarianism.

The paper text I presuppose is H.B. Acton's 1972-edition of "Utilitarianism". This paper edition I used for my notes, but I did not compare it carefully with the html-version I use. The full reference is:

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, On Liberty and Considerations on Representative Government Edited by H.B. Acton (ISBN 0 460 11482 4).

This is in Everyman's Library, with selections from additional texts by Mill, and is a good buy if you are interested in Mill at all. (It seems also a good edition, except for one glitch: [21] to Chapter V.

The texts that follow have many links, and come all with a group of usually four arrows at the beginning and the end of each text, that look thus:
These have in general the following effect when clicked:

- previous file
- Table of Contents
- Notes or Text associated with the file
- next file

Every file of Mill's text links to a file with my notes, the links to which are between square brackets as in "[1]". In order to allow the reader to read my notes independently, they all start with a quotation in blue of the passage they annotate, and that generally ends with the link to the note in Mill's text.

In contrast, Mill's own notes are indicated by a "M" and are made superscript, like so[M1].

Because the passages I annotate are repeated in my Notes, it is possible to read the Notes without reading the Text that is annotated. However, each file of Notes has at its beginning a link to the Text it annotates, and likewise that Text has at its beginning a link to my Notes to it, and as explained each Note also has a link to the Text and the place is is quoted from

Those who download my edition of Mill's "Utilitarianism" and my notes should realize that the links to and from the notes are retained only if they are placed in directory-structures of the following form:

     "/Utilitarianism/"            - that includes Mill's textfiles and the TOC
     "/Utilitarianism/Notes/"   - that includes my textfiles of notes

How this directory and its subdirectory are otherwise attached to a filesystem on the computer you use is irrelevant, but the above is required for having the many links work when reading off line.

Also, it may be remarked that the reading of my Notes may be preferable for  many to the reading of Mill's text, because my Notes very likely contain all or most of the best bits of Mill's text in quotation, while Mill's text, both in the html I found and the paper version I use, is very sparse with interlineation, while the text contains many long sentences and arguments crammed in very long uninterlined paragraphs.

It should also be mentioned that there two related texts concerned with the foundations of morals on my site with my comments, namely Hume's Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, and Edward's "The Logic of Moral Discourse", that are also well worth reading.

I have uploaded my Notes to "Utilitarianism" on August 22, 2007, after having uploaded my html-edition of Mill's text in December 2006. My Notes are a first version and need some links and corrections, that will be made later, depending on my health.

Another relevant set of files concerned with ethics on my site is Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, in W.D. Ross's translation, my html-edition, and with my notes.

Maarten Maartensz
December 16, 2006 &
August 22, 2007

(Last edited: 17 Nov 2009)