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2 Painful experience compels me to register the hope that the above piece of historical diagnosis will not be taken as a manifesto of personal affiliation. Personally, I am content to be something of a pluralist in moral philosophy. I think a Utilitarian calculus is quite a good first approximation to many of the workaday problems of social policy. For the ultimate problems of personal conduct I am much less disposed to regard it as helpful. See the paragraphs on the Utilitarian norm in the paper on Bentham below, pp.

Prince de Broglie- There are valuable hints in them as there must be in the works of a man of diligence and originality, but they scarcely repay the labour of mastering a system based on error. Senior- Do you reject then utility as the foundation of morals? Prince de Broglie- Certainly I do. It is generally rejected in France. Senior- And what do you substitute? r It might be argued, of course, that Senior was just the neutral interrogator, as he so frequently was in his conversations. But I am pretty sure that in this instance this interpretation would be wrong.

The Prince knew more of them but admitted that he had not studied them accurately. Prince de Broglie- There are valuable hints in them as there must be in the works of a man of diligence and originality, but they scarcely repay the labour of mastering a system based on error. Senior- Do you reject then utility as the foundation of morals? Prince de Broglie- Certainly I do. It is generally rejected in France. Senior- And what do you substitute? r It might be argued, of course, that Senior was just the neutral interrogator, as he so frequently was in his conversations.

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