John Stuart Mill and Experiments in Living

@article{Anderson1991JohnSM,
  title={John Stuart Mill and Experiments in Living},
  author={Elizabeth S. Anderson},
  journal={Ethics},
  year={1991},
  volume={102},
  pages={4 - 26}
}
John Stuart Mill thought that we learn about the good through "experiments in living."' As an empiricist, he rejected the traditional view that we know about the good through a priori intuitions. Conceptions of the good must be tested by the experiences we have in living them out, not merely by comparing them with ethical intuitions. This article offers a reconstruction of Mill's theory of experiments in living. I argue that Mill regarded his own early life as an experiment in living which… 

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