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Liberalism and Islam: Practical Reconciliation between the by Hamid Hadji Haidar (auth.)

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Furthermore, a happy life is not that which is full of happy moments, free from all pains. "28 A further assumption Mill invokes is that every individual seeks his own happy life. Combining the previous premises with a further assumption that "each person's happiness is a good to that person," we arrive at the conclusion that every individual seeks a happy life for himself as the ultimate end in his life. What is more, this common inclination toward one's own happy life is a requirement of human nature.

3o Mill, therefore, has revised Bentham's hedonistic utilitarianism in two related aspects. While to Bentham good is restricted to the sensation of pleasure or happiness, Mill expands the notion of the good by residing it in "complex mental experiences" rather than a mere sensation of pleasure. Furthermore, he appraises the good on the basis of the quality of pleasures in addition to their quantiry'! Mill rejects the interpretation that the quality of a pleasurable experience means its overall value in an agent's ranking of pleasures.

42 • Liberalism and Islam More explicitly, he proposes that his utilitarian morality can play the role of a religion with some privileges over all supernatural religions. All these features of Mill's moral theory confirm the theoretical incompatibility between Mill's secular morality and Shiite Islamic morality. Moral Intuitionism M ill contrasts moral intuitionism with his moral theory of utilitarianism . As "Whewell was probably the most influential of the academic opponents of utilitarianism in the early nineteenth century,"!

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