In this landmark volume, Samuel Hollander presents a fresh and compelling history of moral philosophy from Locke to John Stuart Mill, showing that a ‘moral sense’ can actually be considered compatible with utilitarianism. The book also explores the link between utilitarianism and distributive justice.

Hollander engages in close textual exegesis of the works relating to individual authors, while never losing sight of the intellectual relationships between them. Tying together the greatest of the British moral philosophers, this volume reveals an unexpected unity of eighteenth and nineteenth century ethical doctrine at both the individual and social level.

Essential reading for advanced students and researchers of the history of economic thought, political economy, history of ethics, history of political thought and intellectual history.

part 1|2 pages

John Locke

part 2|2 pages

Eighteenth-century moral-sense literature

part 3|2 pages

Adam Smith

part 4|2 pages

Jeremy Bentham

part 5|2 pages

Thomas Robert Malthus

chapter 11|28 pages

Malthus and the utilitarians

part 6|2 pages

John Stuart Mill