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Utilitarianism Audiobook

Utilitarianism

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There are few circumstances among those which make up the present condition of human knowledge, more unlike what might have been expected, or more significant of the backward state in which speculation on the most important subjects still lingers, than the little progress which has been made in the decision of the controversy respecting the criterion of right and wrong. From the dawn of philosophy, the question concerning the summum bonum, or, what is the same thing, concerning the foundation of morality, has been accounted the main problem in speculative thought, has occupied the most gifted intellects, and divided them into sects and schools, carrying on a vigorous warfare against one another. And after more than 2,000 years the same discussions continue, philosophers are still ranged under the same contending banners, and neither thinkers nor mankind at large seem nearer to being unanimous on the subject, than when the youth Socrates listened to the old Protagoras, and asserted (if Plato's dialogue be grounded on a real conversation) the theory of utilitarianism against the popular morality of the so-called sophist.

Public Domain (P)2017 Procrustes Media

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    Daman 02-26-17
    Daman 02-26-17

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    What did you love best about Utilitarianism?

    A philosophical gem which makes the mind expand.


    What does Daniel Dorse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Strong, Powerful narration that conveys the philosophical message.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reg McKinney, TX 05-17-17
    Reg McKinney, TX 05-17-17 Member Since 2011

    Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!

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    Clear, concise view of what some people are willing to pay for happiness. What he doesn't clearly define is what happiness is. I understand this omission, to a point, because happiness very definitely means different things to different people. And it left me wondering why, for Mill, does happiness equal utility? Maybe I'm not intellectual enough (OK, for sure I'm not) but I don't get the connection. I will keep trying philosophy, though, and someday maybe my mind will open and say a-ha!

    The narration was good for me. Daniel Dorse did a good job emphasizing the questions Mill used to express his argument. I listened on 1.5 speed.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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    Deedra 03-01-17
    Deedra 03-01-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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    A very informative book on morals, justice,etc.Danial Dorse is a fine narrator.I was given this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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    L. Pino 02-14-17
    L. Pino 02-14-17 Member Since 2017

    Reading is better than shopping

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    Would you listen to Utilitarianism again? Why?

    This book would be easy to delve into again because it is short, but I just don't enjoy Mill's philosophy.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Dorse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mill wrote this book in question and answer form and I really appreciated the narrator emphasizing the questions. The narrator’s voice is very low and soothing so it was easy to get wrapped up in the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The cost-benefit analysis of happiness


    Any additional comments?

    I am still learning about philosophy, but Mill’s philosophy skirts between too simple and too far-fetched. He continually emphasizes that people never desire anything but happiness. And yet his definition of happiness is never made clear. <br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.<br/>

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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