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Look Inside. Together these two essays mark the philosophic cornerstone of democratic morality and represent a thought-provoking search for the true balance between the rights of the individual and the power of the state. Thoroughly schooled in the principles of the utilitarian movement founded by Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill nevertheless brings his own unique intellectual energy to issues such as individual freedom, equality, authority, happiness, justice, and virtue. Utilitarianism brilliantly expounds a pragmatic ethic based on one controversial proposition: actions are right only if they promote the common good and wrong if they do not. Together they provide the moral and theoretical justification for liberal democracy as we know it, and their incalculable influence on modern history testifies not only to the force of their arguments, but also to the power ideas can have over human affairs. John Stuart Mill was a child of radicalism, born in into a rarefied realm of philosophic discourse. Find books coming soon in
General You can access the appropriate elements of the John Stuart Mill opus online here. Indeed, while you are there, you can check out Bentham as well. It would do you no harm at all to read his An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation , to get a clear sense of how the Mill and Bentham versions of the doctrine differ. Our list of topics will be somewhat different from theirs, and our recommended reading will differ too. But you are welcome to use the Faculty list as yet one more resource.
Mill's mission in writing On Liberty can perhaps be best understood by looking at how he discussed his work in his Autobiography. Mill wrote that he believed On Liberty to be about "the importance, to man and society, of a large variety in types of character, and of giving full freedom to human nature to expand itself in innumerable and conflicting directions. Mill rejects attempts, either through legal coercion or social pressure, to coerce people's opinions and behavior. He argues that the only time coercion is acceptable is when a person's behavior harms other people--otherwise, society should treat diversity with respect. Mill justifies the value of liberty through a Utilitarian approach. His essay tries to show the positive effects of liberty on all people and on society as a whole.
While many of his immediate predecessors and contemporaries, from Adam Smith to Godwin and Thoreau, had celebrated liberty, it was Mill who organized the idea into a philosophy, and put it into the form in which it is generally known today. The editor of this essay, Gertrude Himmelfarb records responses to Mill's books and comments on his fear of 'the tyranny of the majority'. Dr Himmelfarb concludes that the same inconsistencies which underlie On Liberty continue to complicate the moral and political stance of liberals today. John Stuart Mill - 73 formed the Utilitarian Society which met to read and discuss essays. Jeremy Bentham - set out to theorize a simple and equitable legal system.
This chapter offers an overview of some of the most significant aspects of J. Keywords: John Stuart Mill , utilitarianism , rule utilitarianism , pleasure , hedonism , liberalism , socialism , democracy , elitism , utopianism. The renown of John Stuart Mill —73 as a moral, social, and political philosopher rests largely on works that he published relatively late in life, well after A System of Logic 1st edn. These works have spawned a vast interpretative literature. In keeping with the general approach of this volume, in what follows I will present a specific and therefore controversial interpretation of Mill. As much account will be taken of competing readings as space permits, but many important contributions to the secondary literature will inevitably be neglected.
In: Philp, Mark and Rosen, Frederick, eds. John Stuart Mill, On liberty, utilitarianism and other essays. Oxford world's classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. To the extent reasonable and practicable the material made available in WRAP has been checked for eligibility before being made available.
Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. This led to the first debate over whether to give women the right to vote, but Parliament did not pass the bill. Mill began learning Greek when he was just three years old and was fluent in both Greek and Latin by 10 years old. His father even put him in charge of teaching both languages to his younger siblings. On Liberty.
One of the most important nineteenth-century schools of thought, Utilitarianism propounds the view that the value or rightness of an action rests in how well it promotes the welfare of those affected by it, aiming for 'the greatest happiness of the greatest number'. Jeremy Bentham was the movement's founder, as much a social reformer as a philosopher. His greatest interpreter, John Stuart Mill , set out to humanize Bentham's pragmatic Utilitarianism by balancing the claims of reason and the imagination, individuality and social well-being in essays such as 'Bentham', 'Coleridge' and, above all, Utilitarianism.
He was prominent as a publicist in the reforming age of the 19th century, and remains of lasting interest as a logician and an ethical theorist. He was educated exclusively by his father, who was a strict disciplinarian. He had also read a great deal of history in English.
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