Canadian Journal of Philosophy
In the fourteenth paragraph of the fifth chapter of Utilitarianism, J. S. Mill writes that ‘We do not call anything wrong, unless we mean to imply that a person ought to be punished in some way or other for doing it; if not by law, by the opinion of his fellow-creatures; if not by opinion, by the reproaches of his own conscience.’ I criticize the attempts of three commentators who have recently presented act-utilitarian readings of Mill – Roger Crisp, David Brink, and Piers Norris Turner – to accommodate this passage.
Original Publication Citation
Miller, D. E. (2017). Mill’s act-utilitarian interpreters on Utilitarianism chapter V paragraph 14. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 47(5), 674-693. https://doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2017.1286822
Miller, Dale E., "Mill's Act Utilitarian Interpreters on Chapter V Paragraph 14" (2017). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 88.