One of the central claims of Mill’s Utilitarian theory is that pleasure is good


One of the central claims of Mill’s Utilitarian theory is that pleasure is good and pain is bad. Should we agree that pleasure and the absence of pain are always good? Consider the following criticisms: (a) The pleasure a sadist received from contemplating another’s (nonconsensual) suffering does not seem good in any way. (b) Further, the emotional pain of guilt that a criminal feels upon recognizing and regretting the wrong of her past actions is a good thing. Someone who has done something wrong but does not suffer painful pangs of guilt is, in some way, defective and does not lead a better life.
After commenting on these apparent counterexamples, say how much trouble you think these examples raise for Mill’s overall theory.
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