Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill 1: General remarks most scornfully reject its authority. Title Utilitarianism, Contributor Names Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873. This remarkable man, whose system of thought will long remain one of the landmarks in the history of philosophical speculation, does, in the treatise in question, lay down a universal first principle as the origin and ground of moral obligation; it is this: “So act, And every school of thought admits that the inﬂuence of actions on happiness is a very signiﬁcant and even predominant consideration in many of the details of morals, however unwilling they may be to allow the production of happiness as the fundamental 8/John Stuart Mill ics of Ethics, by Kant. Created / Published Overview “Utilitarianism” is a philosophical essay written by English philosopher John Stuart Mill in 1863. John Stuart Mill, who has been called the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the 19th century, was a British philosopher, economist, and moral and political theorist. The stated purpose of John Stuart Mill ’s Utilitarianism is deceptively simple: the author wants to clearly explain his utilitarian ethical philosophy and respond to the most common criticisms of it. In this long essay, Mill seeks to provide a definition for the moral philosophy of utilitarianism, which was originally developed by the philosopher Jeremy Bentham.As a philosophy, utilitarianism argues that a desire for happiness lies at the heart of all moral considerations.