Higher and Lower Pleasures. BENJAMIN GIBBS. In the second chapter of Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill writes: It is quite compatible with the principle of utility to.
Mill argued for a distinction between 'higher' and lower pleasures. His distinction is difficult to pin down, but it more or less tracks the distinction.
In reality, utility is defined as pleasure itself, and the absence of pain. Mill delineates how to differentiate between higher- and lower-quality pleasures: A.