It may seem obvious that happiness is valuable, but is it the only thing valuable for its own sake, as opposed to being useful as a way to get something else?
The 19th-century utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) argues that it is. His argument is notorious because some critics charge that it contains obvious errors. This essay considers whether Mill really makes elementary blunders.
Original Publication Citation
Miller, D. E. (2019). Mill’s proof on the principle of utility. 1000-word Philosophy. https://1000wordphilosophy.com/2019/09/03/mills-proof-of-the-principle-of-utility/
Miller, Dale E., "Mill's Proof on the Principle of Utility" (2019). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 87.