What's the Use of Utility?



    1. ELIJAH MILLGRAM is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah, and the author of Practical Induction (Harvard University Press, 1997). This is his first contribution to Philosophy & Public Affairs.
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  • I'm grateful to Jon Bendor, Sarah Buss, Ruth Chang, Alice Clapman, Allen Coates, Alice Crary, Julia Driver, Christoph Fehige, Daniel Gilbert, Amy Gutman, Gilbert Harman, Jenann Ismael, Donald Light, Seana Shiffrin and Eric Wiland for comments on earlier drafts, to Alyssa Bernstein, Jay Bernstein, Lenn Goodman, Amy Johnson, Rachana Kamtekar, Sean Kelsey, Geoff Sayre-McCord and Peter Singer for helpful discussion, and to audiences at Rutgers, the University of Southern California, Ben-Gurion University and a symposium on Practical Reasoning at the 1998 meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Central Division. Work on this paper was supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; I am grateful for the financial support provided through the Center by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.