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Despite making valid claims on justice John Stuart Mill s attempt to reconcile justice and utility is not successful Mill explains how justice dictates certain actions and results however he does not thoroughly explain how each aspect promotes the most utility for all In other words Mill describes how the different interpretations of justice are often interpreted while explaining that there is too individual interpretation he demonstrates how justice cannot be reconciled with utilityMill begins his argument by giving five interpretations of justice First is the notion that it is unjust to deprive a person of their liberty property or any other thing which belongs to himMill 43 Next he goes on to describe how justice when interpreted as a legal right should always be upheld and thoroughly obeyed Mill attacks this claim by explaining that laws are sometimes unjust and that most laws follow the general laws of what is morally right Thus in most instances as Mill claims laws are not needed He then goes on to examine the claim that justice can be correlated to what one deservesMill 44 This claim also leaves too much room for individual pleasure The next rule of justice Mill discusses refers to the notion of faith According to Mill this rule is not regarded as absolute but as capable of begin overruled by a stronger obligation of justice on the other sideMill 44 Lastly Mill explains how being partial is not in accordance with justice By disallowing partiality a general interpretation of justice warrants impartiality which then would in turn promote the most utility for all According to Mill the notion that justice promotes impartiality is a contradiction Mill declares that equality which emerges from impartiality cannot exist in a hierarchical society Furthermore he says that those who think that utility requires distinctions of rank do not consider it unjust that riches and social privileges should be unequally dispensedMill 45 Mill conveys the idea that
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