In our readings from Utilitarianism, J. S. Mill elaborates and defends a complex version of hedonism, or a “theory of life on which [his] theory of morality [i.e., Utilitarianism] is grounded.” Write a short thesis defense paper arguing one of two things: (1) that Mill`s theory of life (mainly) “gets it right” or (2) that his theory of life (mainly) “gets it wrong.” Follow the writing instructions given in the excerpt from Writing Philosophy, which can be found on iCollege in the Readings module for this course. Your paper should be organized in the manner outlined on pp. 55-60 of Writing Philosophy. As you prepare your argument, consider these questions: According to Mill, what is the good life? How does one attain to it? Why does he think we should conceive of the good life in the way that he conceives of it? According to Robert Nozick, what else can matter to us other than how our lives feel from the inside? What aspects of the good life are, in Nozick`s view, largely ignored or undervalued by hedonists. Which of the “attractions of hedonism” (Shafer-Landau) do you find most attractive? Which of the objections rehearsed in chapter 2 of our textbook are, in your view, the most serious objections? A strong paper will (1) clearly state a thesis, (2) advance an argument in support of the thesis, (3) describe (in appropriate detail), analyze, and evaluate Mill`s version of hedonism (i.e., his theory of life), whether you agree or disagree with Mill`s position, and (4) thoughtfully consider and rebut some possible objections to your own position.
A strong paper will (1) clearly state a thesis, (2) advance an argument in support of the thesis, (3) describe (in appropriate detail), analyze, and evaluate mill`s version of hedonism (i.e., his theory of life), whether you agree or disagree with mill`s position, and (4) thoughtfully consider and rebut some possible objections to your own position.
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