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HAPPINESSHappiness In one word this concept exemplifies the American dream People go to anymeans by which to obtain the many varied materials and issues that induce pleasures ineach individual and intrinsically this emotion remains the ultimate goal John StuartMill a nineteenth century philosopher correctly advocated the pursuit of happiness andmaintained the concept that above all other values pleasure existed as the finaldestination Mills hedonistic views correctly and rationally identified a natural humantendency and his Utilitarian arguments strongly support the theory that above all elsehappiness is the most important dream to be fulfilled Upon researching for this paper Icame across a counter argument which was based on metaphysics Immanuel Kant inGroundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals defends his strong beliefs in the issue of a goodwill and surfaces as MMs chief opponent on the topic of metaphysics The issuediminishes to a clash between emotions and pleasures verses rationality and logic Yetwhat use is logic when the good agent is miserable Mills stance within Utilitarianismexists as the more favorable of the two beliefs for happiness exist as the oneintrinsically favorable element not an emotionless mind The main defender of the Utilitarian system exists within the Greatesthappiness Principle Mill lived as a chief advocate of this concept which supports theidea that a decision is morally correct as long as it increases and encourages pleasuresand happiness Kant however in his endless quest to remain separate from emotions andthrive only on logic would argue that autonomy should be placed above happiness in a listof intrinsic values A good will however does not comfort an individual in any way ifhappiness does not accompany this asset Consider this example of a seemingly happilymarried couple The wife in this duo is madly in love with her husband fiercely loyal andcompletely happy with her marriage and children The husband however as wrongfullystrayed and had a brief but damaging affair behind his wifes back Kant wouldargue that autonomy reigns over pleasure and the woman should
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