God in the marketplace: A reconsideration of Robert Watts as an early critic of J.S. Mill's 'Utilitarianism'


Johnson, P. (2006) God in the marketplace: A reconsideration of Robert Watts as an early critic of J.S. Mill's 'Utilitarianism'. History of Political Thought, 27, (3), 487-504.

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This article examines the arguments used by Robert Watts, a contemporary of John Stuart Mill, in his criticism of Mill's Utilitarianism. The pamphlet in which Watts expresses his views is a scarce and neglected work. Pioneering studies by J.C. Rees and J.B. Schneewind emphasize the importance of Mill's early critics for historians of nineteenth-century ethics and politial thought. Rees, however, confines his study to the responses to Mill's On Liberty. Schneewind's work is more comprehensive and does mention Watts, but without examining in detail the actual arguments that Watts uses. Further, while Watts criticizes Mill's ethical views from a theological standpoint the arguments he uses are philosophical in character. Watts should not be thought of as a major philosophical critic of Mill, but his relative neglect leaves a gap in the study of the reception of Mill's thought which this article is intended to fill

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0143-781X (print)
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Keywords: responses, time
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ePrint ID: 62805
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:44
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/62805

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