To do as you would be done by, and to love your neighbour as yourself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality.
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John Stuart Mill was a progressive person easily a century ahead of his time. He was an outspoken and vigorous activist for secularism, democracy, women’s rights, social justice, and more. And the foundation of his progressive ideology was his belief in Jeremy Bentham’s Utilitarian moral theory.
In 1861, he penned what he intended to be the definitive defence of Utilitarianism philosophy. It largely supersedes and transcends Bentham’s version – abandoning Bentham’s simplistic “felcific calculus” in favour of a qualitative classification of pleasures – and becomes uniquely Mill’s.