No Philosophy for Swine: John Stuart Mill on the Quality of Pleasures

  title={No Philosophy for Swine: John Stuart Mill on the Quality of Pleasures},
  author={Michael Hauskeller},
  pages={428 - 446}
I argue that Mill introduced the distinction between quality and quantity of pleasures in order to fend off the then common charge that utilitarianism is ‘a philosophy for swine’ and to accommodate the (still) widespread intuition that the life of a human is better, in the sense of being intrinsically more valuable, than the life of an animal. I argue that in this he fails because in order to do successfully he would have to show not only that the life of a human is preferable to that of an… 
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