A Note on the "Proof" of Utility in J. S. Mill

  title={A Note on the "Proof" of Utility in J. S. Mill},
  author={Richard Henry Popkin},
  pages={66 - 68}
  • R. Popkin
  • Published 1 October 1950
  • Philosophy, Economics
  • Ethics
The only proof capable of being given that an object is visible, is that people actually see it. The only proof that a sound is audible, is that people hear it: and so of the other sources of our experience. In like manner, I apprehend, the sole evidence it is possible to produce that anything is desirable, is that people do actually desire it. If the end which the utilitarian doctrine proposes to itself were not, in theory and in practice, acknowledged to be an end, nothing could ever convince… 
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