First published in 1991, The Greatest Happiness Principle traces the history of the theory of utility, starting with the Bible, and running through Plato, Aristotle, and Epicurus. It goes on to discuss the utilitarian theories of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill in detail, commenting on the latter’s view of the Christianity of his day and his optimal socialist society. The book argues that the key theory of utility is fundamentally concerned with happiness, stating that  happiness has largely been left out of discussions of utility. It also goes on to argue that utility can be used as a moral theory, ultimately posing the question, what is happiness?

chapter |11 pages


chapter I|15 pages

Happiness in the Bible

chapter II|10 pages

The Role of Happiness in Plato and Aristotle

chapter III|7 pages


chapter IV|67 pages

Bentham's Theory of Utility

chapter V|93 pages

Mill's Theory of Utility

chapter VI|39 pages

John Rawls' Non-Utilitarian Theory

chapter VII|3 pages

A New Theory of Utility