Talk:List of utilitarians
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Please provide evidence here when including an individual not included in this encyclopedia. alleszermalmer 04:19, 2 Feb 2004 (UTC)
I'm deleting G.E. Moore. He was a consequentialist, but he opposed any naturalistic conception of what is good -- and the definition of good as pleasure is precisely what he had in mind when he complained of the "naturalistic fallacy" in ethics.
I deleted Murray Rothbard he was not a utilitarian but believed in natural rights
Margaret Thatcher??? is there a reference for this?
I am going to delete Ludwig von Mises unless somebody wants to provide an link arguing otherwise. He classified himself as a "classical liberal" and by others as a "libertarian." Both of these ideological groupings genereally believe strongly in natural rights.
- There is a strong tendency towards Natural Rights in libertarian circles, but it certainly isn't universal. Mises mentions utilitarianism a few times in Theory and History, saying that "utilitarian philosophers found the right answer" (pp. 168). Murray Rothbard criticized Ludwig von Mises for his "utilitarian liberalism".--XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO (talk) 16:56, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Karl Popper was NOT a utilitarian surely??? Are we not confusing concepts about 'public welfare' with utilitarianism the ethical doctrine? I think we are.
Should Zell Kravinsky be added to this list? His article says he is utilitarian, and I got some results searching for his name and "utilitarian" or "utilitarianism".
I don't think Herbert Spencer should be on the list. In some older overview works he might have been regarded as a utilitarian, but I think he seldom is nowadays -- Barton Fink, Oct 30 2015
- He was certainly a (theological) utilitarian. See for example Jeffrey Scarre's book "Utilitarianism" -- Barton Fink, Oct 30 2015
Steven Pinker reference
The Steven Pinker reference is kind of bad. It's a long Youtube video. If the following is the place referred to, then it doesn't really seem to indicate that he is an utilitarian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv0Resywg48&t=1h13m9s He is just saying "I am an utilitarian in that sense." in a special context.