Students do struggle with Mill's work, so some time back, I started creating short Core Concept videos specifically on Utilitarianism. The first few of these, I actually shot during my class discussions. Then, a few years ago, I created several additional videos. I provided the entire set to my students - in both face-to-face and online classes - as a resource to help them through the text.
Since I'm now once again in the classroom - teaching two sections of Ethics for Marquette University this semester - I thought I'd add a few more videos on key ideas of Mill's Utilitarianism. As it turned out, there were four topic that I thought needed additional discussion. This brings the total number in to ten - enough to cover all the main ideas of the work.
Here is the full set of videos on John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism.
- Utilitarianism as the Basis for Other Moral Theories
- Responses to Criticisms of Utilitarianism
- Qualitatively Higher and Lower Pleasures
- The Ideal Judge of Pleasures
- Why People Do Not Appreciate Higher Pleasures
- Utilitarianism, Sanctions, and Duty
- Happiness, Goods, and Virtue
- Five Conceptions of Justice
- Justice and Utility
- What Having a Right Means
I hope they prove useful for you as you read - or reread - Mill's work. And if you find it helpful for you, consider passing this post on to other people you think might find it helpful. If you'd like to support the work I do, making philosophy accessible to the general public, take a look at my Patreon page.