Mill's Act-Utilitarian Interpreters and Utilitarianism Chapter V Paragraph 14

Forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy

In the fourteenth paragraph of the fifth chapter of Utilitarianism, J. S. Mill writes
that ‘We do not call anything wrong, unless we mean to imply that a person ought
to be punished in some way or other for doing it; if not by law, by the opinion of
his fellow-creatures; if not by opinion, by the reproaches of his own conscience.’
I criticize the attempts of three commentators who have recently presented act-utilitarian
readings of Mill – Roger Crisp, David Brink, and Piers Norris Turner – to
accommodate this passage.

Published version (on the Canadian Journal of Philosophy website)