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About Henry R. West, Retired

West specializes in utilitarianism, especially the philosophy of John Stuart Mill. He is also interested in political philosophy and ethical theory.
He has written the entry for "utilitarianism" for the Encyclopedia Britannica, the entry on "John Stuart Mill" for the Encyclopedia of Ethics and entries for the Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Supplement on both "consequentialism" and "John Stuart Mill." His book, interpreting and critically discussing the utilitarian ethics of Mill, was published in 2004.
West teaches courses on ethics and political philosophy and the history of Western philosophy, especially ancient and medieval philosophies.
EDUCATION: B. A., Emory University; M. A., Duke University; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary;
Ph.D., Harvard University
West has taught at Macalester since 1965.


Present Professor, Philosophy, Macalester College


Research Interests

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  • Problems of Philosophy
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Mill's Utilitarianism

Contact Information

Macalester College
Old Main 112
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6155