Two Theories of Right and Wrong
John Stuart Mill, author of the essay entitled Utilitarianism, gave an in depth theory of right and wrong commonly referred to as utility or the utilitarian view of morality. Utility claims that
actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain; by unhappiness pain and privation of
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wrong lying is, he never states how much good or bad must be produced or prevented so he pretty much has the same stance on the permissiveness of lying as utilitarianism causing his criticism to become very weak.
Carson, Thomas (2003). Utilitarianism & Hedonism Philosophy 28 1, 1-12.
Carson, Thomas (2003). A Student's Guide to Mill's Utilitarianism Philosophy 281, 1-11.
Carson, Thomas (2003). Ross's Ethical Theory Philosophy 281, 17.
Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism and the 1868 Speech on Capital Punishment 2nd. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2001.