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    Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader.Brad Hooker, Elinor Mason, Dale E. Miller, D. W. Haslett, Shelly Kagan, Sanford S. Levy, David Lyons, Phillip Montague, Tim Mulgan, Philip Pettit, Madison Powers, Jonathan Riley, William H. Shaw, Michael Smith & Alan Thomas (eds.) - 2000 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
    What determines whether an action is right or wrong? Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader explores for students and researchers the relationship between consequentialist theory and moral rules. Most of the chapters focus on rule consequentialism or on the distinction between act and rule versions of consequentialism. Contributors, among them the leading philosophers in the discipline, suggest ways of assessing whether rule consequentialism could be a satisfactory moral theory. These essays, all of which are previously unpublished, provide students in (...)
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  2. On Quantities and Qualities of Pleasure.Jonathan Riley - 1993 - Utilitas 5 (2):291.
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    Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Mill on Liberty.Jonathan Riley & Taylor & Francis - 2002 - Routledge.
    This Routledge Philosophy GuideBook introduces John Stuart Mill and one of his major works, On Liberty. We see that in On Liberty Mill outlines the importance of moral rights, respect for rule of law, and individuality. Written with students in mind, Jonathan Riley gracefully eases the reader into Mill's work, life, and philosophy. An ideal read for those coming to Mill for the first time, and for anyone with an interest in political philosophy.
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  4. Interpreting mill's qualitative hedonism.Jonathan Riley - 2003 - Philosophical Quarterly 53 (212):410–418.
    Against Schmidt-Petri's claim, I argue that John Stuart Mill is committed to the view that one pleasure is higher in quality than another if and only if at least a majority of those people who are competently acquainted with both always prefer the one no matter how much of the other is offered. I support my reading with solid textual evidence; none such is provided by Schmidt-Petri in support of his contrary interpretation that qualitative superiority exists whenever the experienced prefer (...)
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    Is Mill an Illiberal Utilitarian?Jonathan Riley - 2015 - Ethics 125 (3):781-796.
    Piers Norris Turner’s recent interpretation of John Stuart Mill’s philosophy transforms Mill into an illiberal utilitarian, against the textual evidence. Mill rejects Turner’s standard utilitarian, or “expansive,” conception of harm, according to which mere displeasure or distress counts as nonconsensual harm. Moreover, Mill is not a radical antipaternalist. He says that society may legitimately consider the individual’s own good as a reason for interference with other-regarding actions that inflict nonconsensual harm on others. But there are no reasons, paternalistic or otherwise, (...)
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  6. J. S. mill's doctrine of freedom of expression.Jonathan Riley - 2005 - Utilitas 17 (2):147-179.
    Mill's free speech doctrine is distinct from, yet compatible with, his central principle of ‘purely self-regarding’ liberty. Using the crucial analogy with trade, I claim that he defends a broad laissez-faire policy for expression, even though expression is ‘social’ or other-regarding conduct and thus legitimately subject to social regulation. An expedient laissez-faire policy admits of exceptions because speakers can sometimes cause such severe damage to others that coercive interference with the speech is justified. In those relatively few contexts where interference (...)
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  7. Is Qualitative Hedonism Incoherent?Jonathan Riley - 1999 - Utilitas 11 (3):347.
    Geoffrey Scarre has recently argued that the version of qualitative hedonism which I attribute to Mill is unsatisfactory for various reasons. In his view, even if it is formally compatible with value monism, involves non-hedonistic elements and offers an implausible account of the relationship between and pleasures. In this paper, I show that his objections, which are similar in spirit to those pressed earlier by Bradley, Moore and others against Mill, are unfounded where not confused. The Mill/Riley line does not (...)
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  8. Millian Qualitative Superiorities and Utilitarianism, Part I*: Jonathan Riley.Jonathan Riley - 2008 - Utilitas 20 (3):257-278.
    Arrhenius and Rabinowicz have argued that Millian qualitative superiorities are possible without assuming that any pleasure, or type of pleasure, is infinitely superior to another. But AR's analysis is fatally flawed in the context of ethical hedonism, where the assumption in question is necessary and sufficient for Millian qualitative superiorities. Marginalist analysis of the sort pressed by AR continues to have a valid role to play within any plausible version of hedonism, provided the fundamental incoherence that infects AR's use of (...)
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  9. J. S. Mill's Liberal Utilitarian Assessment of Capitalism Versus Socialism.Jonathan Riley - 1996 - Utilitas 8 (1):39-71.
    John Stuart Mill argued, in hisPrinciples of Political Economy(1848, 7th edn., 1871), that existing laws and customs of private property ought to be reformed to promote a far more egalitarian form of capitalism than hitherto observed anywhere. He went on to suggest that such an ideal capitalism might evolve spontaneously into a decentralized socialism involving a market system of competing worker co-operatives. That possibility of market socialism emerged only as the working classes gradually developed the intellectual and moral qualities required (...)
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  10. One Very Simple Principle.Jonathan Riley - 1991 - Utilitas 3 (1):1.
    John Gray, much influenced by Isaiah Berlin and building on work by the late John Rees and the late Fred Berger, has recently stated three ‘fatal’ objections which virtually all analysts seem to find persuasive against John Stuart Mill's classic doctrine of liberty. First, Gray thinks it ‘an obvious objection to Mill's project that conceptions of harm vary with competing moral outlooks, so that no Principle of Liberty whose application turns on judgements about harm can expect to resolve disputes between (...)
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    Crooked timber and liberal culture.Jonathan Riley - 2000 - In Maria Baghramian & Attracta Ingram (eds.), Pluralism: The Philosophy and Politics of Diversity. Routledge. pp. 120.
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    Defending Cultural Pluralism.Jonathan Riley - 2002 - Political Theory 30 (1):68-96.
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    Defending Cultural Pluralism: Within Liberal Limits.Jonathan Riley - 2002 - Philosophy Today 30 (1):68-96.
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    Liberal Pluralism and Common Decency.Jonathan Riley - 2019 - In Jan-Werner Müller (ed.), Isaiah Berlin’s Cold War Liberalism. Springer Singapore. pp. 57-91.
    An interpretation of Isaiah Berlin’s liberal pluralism is presented in which his tragic value pluralism is embedded within, and constrained by the other ingredients of, a common moral horizon that gives priority to the value of human survival, to social rules of decency or justice that are deemed essential to survival, to a minimum core of human rights distributed and sanctioned by such rules, and to a minimum sphere of negative liberty carved out by such basic moral rights. A serious (...)
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  15. Utilitarian ethics and democratic government.Jonathan Riley - 1990 - Ethics 100 (2):335-348.
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    Rights to Liberty in Purely Private Matters.Jonathan Riley - 1989 - Economics and Philosophy 5 (2):121.
    John Stuart Mill provides a classic defense of individual and group rights to liberty with respect to purely private or self-regarding matters: The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself … directly, and in the first instance, … his independence is, of right, absolute.… From this liberty of each individual, follows the liberty, within the same limits, of combination among individuals; (...)
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  17. Millian qualitative superiorities and utilitarianism, part II.Jonathan Riley - 2009 - Utilitas 21 (2):127-143.
    I continue my argument that Millian qualitative superiorities are infinite superiorities: one pleasant feeling, or type of pleasant feeling, is qualitatively superior to another in Mill's sense if and only if even a bit of the superior is more pleasant (and thus more valuable) than any finite quantity of the inferior, however large. This gives rise to a hierarchy of higher and lower pleasures such that a reasonable hedonist always refuses to sacrifice a higher for a lower irrespective of the (...)
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  18. What are Millian Qualitative Superiorities?Jonathan Riley - 2008 - Prolegomena 7 (1):61-79.
    In an article published in Prolegomena 2006, Christoph Schmidt-Petri has defended his interpretation and attacked mine of Mill’s idea that higher kinds of pleasure are superior in quality to lower kinds, regardless of quantity. Millian qualitative superiorities as I understand them are infinite superiorities. In this paper, I clarify my interpretation and show how Schmidt-Petri has misrepresented it and ignored the obvious textual support for it. As a result, he fails to understand how genuine Millian qualitative superiorities determine the novel (...)
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    The interpretation of maximizing utilitarianism.Jonathan Riley - 2009 - Social Philosophy and Policy 26 (1):286-325.
    Utilitarians and their critics commonly assume that maximizing utilitarianism necessarily aggregates over cardinal comparable personal utility rankings that are homogeneous in quality independently of their sources or objects, whether utility is conceived in terms of pleasure or preference satisfaction. Although familiar versions of utilitarianism, crude or sophisticated, do make such rich homogeneous utility information part of the very meaning of the doctrine, utilitarian philosophy loses credibility as a result. A more credible version of maximizing utilitarianism along John Stuart Mill's lines (...)
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    Isaiah Berlin’s “Minimum of Common Moral Ground”.Jonathan Riley - 2013 - Political Theory 41 (1):61-89.
    Isaiah Berlin’s political thought consistently combines tragic value pluralism with moral priority for a minimum sphere of individual liberty which is defined and protected by a core set of basic human rights. His fundamental concept of a common moral minimum includes multiple components, including the idea that there is a common moral world of plural and conflicting incommensurable objective values and the idea that humans share a common nucleus of needs and interests centered on the overriding goal of human survival. (...)
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    Utilitarian Liberalism: Between Gray and Mill.Jonathan Riley - 2006 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 9 (2):117-135.
    (2006). Utilitarian Liberalism: Between Gray and Mill. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy: Vol. 9, The Political Theory of John Gray, pp. 117-135.
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    Mill’s extraordinary utilitarian moral theory.Jonathan Riley - 2010 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 9 (1):67-116.
    D.G. Brown’s revisionist interpretation, despite its interest, misrepresents Mill’s moral theory as outlined in Utilitarianism . Mill’s utilitarianism is extraordinary because it explicitly aims to maximize general happiness both in point of quality and quantity. It encompasses spheres of life beyond morality, and its structure cannot be understood without clarification of his much-maligned doctrine that some kinds of pleasant feelings are qualitatively superior to others irrespective of quantity. This doctrine of higher pleasures establishes an order of precedence among conflicting kinds (...)
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  23. Optimal moral rules and supererogatory acts.Jonathan Riley - 2010 - In Ben Eggleston, Dale E. Miller & D. Weinstein (eds.), John Stuart Mill and the Art of Life. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Mill on Utilitarian Sanctions.Jonathan Riley - 2016 - In Christopher Macleod & Dale E. Miller (eds.), A Companion to Mill. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. pp. 342–357.
    Mill argues that the ultimate sanction of any moral standard is the conscientious desire to do right in accordance with that standard. The expediency of external sanctions is a separate issue and has nothing to do with the identification of right or wrong actions. He also argues that utilitarianism as he conceives it provides the only genuine moral standard for humanity because the desire to do right in terms of ‘utility in the largest sense’ is a natural outgrowth of our (...)
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  25. Mill's neo-athenian model of liberal democracy.Jonathan Riley - 2007 - In Nadia Urbinati & Alex Zakaras (eds.), J.S. Mill's Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment. Cambridge University Press.
     
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    Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Mill on Liberty.Jonathan Riley - 1998 - Routledge.
    This Routledge Philosophy GuideBook introduces John Stuart Mill and one of his major works, On Liberty . We see that in On Liberty Mill outlines the importance of moral rights, respect for rule of law, and individuality. Written with students in mind, Jonathan Riley gracefully eases the reader into Mill's work, life, and philosophy. An ideal read for those coming to Mill for the first time, and for anyone with an interest in political philosophy.
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    Individuality, Custom and Progress.Jonathan Riley - 1991 - Utilitas 3 (2):217.
    If harm is restricted to mean perceptible damage suffered by an agent against his wishes, so that his mere dislike with no evidence of injury is excluded, then Mill's liberty principle arguably is ‘one very simple principle’ as he claims. But even so, what of John Gray's charge that the liberty principle relies on a ‘radically defective’ notion of individuality or autonomy that is incompatible with every civil society's cultural and moral traditions? If he is correct about this, then Mill's (...)
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  28. Mill's political economy: Ricardian science and liberal utilitarian art.Jonathan Riley - 1998 - In John Skorupski (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge University Press. pp. 293--337.
     
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  29. Greatest Happiness Principle.Jonathan Riley - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell.
     
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  30. Politics, philosophy & economics: PPE.Gerald F. Gaus & Jonathan Riley (eds.) - 2002 - Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
     
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    Arrow's paradox and infinite-regress arguments.Jonathan Riley - 1982 - Ethics 92 (4):670-672.
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    Collective Choice and Individual Liberty: A Revisionist Interpretation of J.S. Mill's Utilitarianism.Jonathan Riley - 1983
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    Review Article: Ethical Pluralism and Common Decency.Jonathan Riley - 2004 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (2):211-221.
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    Genes, Memes and Justice.Jonathan Riley - 2006 - Analyse & Kritik 28 (2006):32-56.
    Ken Binmore argues that justice consists in a proportional bargaining equi- librium of a ‘game of morals’, which corresponds to a Nash bargaining equilibrium of a ‘game of life’. His argument seems unassailable if rational agents are predominantly self-interested, an assumption that he is apparently willing to make on the grounds that human behaviour is ultimately constrained in accord with the selfish gene paradigm. But there is no compelling scientific evidence for that paradigm. Rather, human nature appears to be highly (...)
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    Happiness and the Moral Sentiment of Justice.Jonathan Riley - 2012 - In Leonard Kahn (ed.), Mill on Justice. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 158--83.
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    Isaiah Berlin’s “Pelagian Soul”.Jonathan Riley - 2014 - Political Theory 42 (3):345-354.
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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau.Jonathan Riley - 2005 - In John Shand (ed.), Central Works of Philosophy V2: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Routledge. pp. 193-222.
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    John Stuart Mill.Jonathan Riley - 2005 - In John Shand (ed.), Central Works of Philosophy V3: Nineteenth Century. Routledge. pp. 127-157.
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  39. Liberty.Jonathan Riley - 2008 - In Catriona McKinnon (ed.), Issues in Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
     
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    Liberty as a right.Jonathan M. Riley - 2009 - The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (46):46-52.
    The simple principle of individual liberty evidently does identify particular rights as rights which ought to be recognised and enforced by the laws and customs of every civil society, namely, the rights of self-regarding liberty and individuality. If sex between consenting adults is purely self-regarding conduct under some conditions, for instance, then adults should have a right to spontaneously engage in sex under those conditions if they wish.
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    Liberty as a right.Jonathan M. Riley - 2009 - The Philosophers' Magazine 46:46-52.
    The simple principle of individual liberty evidently does identify particular rights as rights which ought to be recognised and enforced by the laws and customs of every civil society, namely, the rights of self-regarding liberty and individuality. If sex between consenting adults is purely self-regarding conduct under some conditions, for instance, then adults should have a right to spontaneously engage in sex under those conditions if they wish.
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    Liberty, Paternalism and Justice.Jonathan Riley - 1985 - Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy 7:161-175.
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    Liberal rights in a pareto-optimal code.Jonathan Riley - 2006 - Utilitas 18 (1):61-79.
    A Millian response is presented to Sen's celebrated Paretian liberal impossibility theorem. It is argued that Millian Paretian liberalism is possible, if the application of Paretian norms is restricted to the selection of an optimal code of liberal justice and rights, as well as to individual choices made in compliance with the rules of the code. Key steps in outlining the Millian response include suitably modifying Sen's social choice formulation of the idea of claim-right to personal liberty, and incorporating within (...)
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    Liberal Utilitarianism: Social Choice Theory and J. S. Mill's Philosophy.Jonathan Riley - 1988 - CUP Archive.
    This is a book about liberal democratic values and their implications for the design of political institutions. Its distinctive feature is the use of some simple mathematical techniques (known as social choice theory) to clarify and defend a rather complex utilitarian conception of the liberal democratic 'way of life' based on John Stuart Mill's work. More specifically, the text focuses on three well-known 'social choice paradoxes' which are commonly held to destroy any possibility of an ideal harmony among liberal democratic (...)
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  45. Mill's absolute ban on paternalism.Jonathan Riley - 2018 - In Kalle Grill & Jason Hanna (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Paternalism. Routledge.
     
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    Murphy Institute of Political Economy, Tulane University.Jonathan Riley - 1991 - Utilitas 3 (1).
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    Millian Qualitative Superiorities and Utilitarianism, Part II: Jonathan Riley.Jonathan Riley - 2009 - Utilitas 21 (2):127-143.
    I continue my argument that Millian qualitative superiorities are infinite superiorities: one pleasant feeling, or type of pleasant feeling, is qualitatively superior to another in Mill's sense if and only if even a bit of the superior is more pleasant than any finite quantity of the inferior, however large. This gives rise to a hierarchy of higher and lower pleasures such that a reasonable hedonist always refuses to sacrifice a higher for a lower irrespective of the finite amounts of each. (...)
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  48. Mill's Radical Liberalism: An Essay in Retrieval.Jonathan Riley - 2003 - Routledge.
    In this major reinterpretation and contemporary defence of Mill's political philosophy, Riley offers a new reading of Mill's radical doctrine that is quite distinct from the prevalent and vague understanding of the term 'liberalism'. Based on the argument of On Liberty , the book begins by indicating the current debates about Mill's liberalism, followed by a summary of the argument, and an exploration of the alternative forms of liberalism that have since emerged, such as the doctrines of Green, Bosanquet and (...)
     
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    Review article: Ethical pluralism and common decency.Jonathan Riley - 2004 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 1 (2):211-221.
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    Rawls, Mill, and Utilitarianism.Jonathan Riley - 2013 - In Jon Mandle & David A. Reidy (eds.), A Companion to Rawls. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 395–412.
    John Rawls is an influential critic of standard utilitarianism, which he classifies as “teleological” in the sense that it specifies utility as the sole rational end independent of any moral concepts or principles and then maintains that morally right actions are those which maximize this independent good. In Rawls′ view, John Stuart Mill relies on a pluralistic conception of happiness together with certain fundamental principles of human psychology to construct an extraordinary utilitarianism that gives absolute priority to a liberal basic (...)
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