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John Stuart Mill explains that all action is for the sake of some end, and rules of action, it seems natural to suppose, must take their whole character and color from the end to which they are subservient. When describing the Greatest Happiness Principle, Mill explains that it is the creed which accepts as the foundation of morals "utility" holds 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 the privation of pleasure. He explains that utility equals happiness, and distilitly equals unhappiness. Of two pleasures, if there be one to which all or almost all who have experience of both give a decided preference, irrespective of any feel
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