Nietzsche on Mill’s Utilitarianism
May I be forgiven the discovery that all moral philosophy hitherto has been boring – and that ‘virtue’ has in my eyes been harmed by nothing more than…by this boringness of its advocates; in saying which, however I should not want to overlook their general utility. It is important that as few people as possible should think about morality as interesting – consequently it is very important that morality should not one day become interesting!… Consider for example… the English utilitarians…No new idea, no subtle expression… they all want English morality to prevail: inasmuch as mankind…or the ‘happiness of the greatest number’, no! the happiness of England would be best served; they would like with all their might to prove…that to strive after English happiness…is at the same time the true path of virtue… on earth…They are a modest and thoroughly mediocre species of man, these English utilitarians, [but insofar] as they are also boring one cannot think highly enough of their utility. One ought even to encourage them.
Beyond Good and Evil § 228
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