The Complete Works of Harriet Taylor Mill

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For 170 years, Harriet Taylor Mill has been presented as a footnote in John Stuart Mill’s life. This volume gives her a separate voice. Readers may assess for themselves the importance and influence of her ideas on "women’s" issues such as marriage and divorce, education, domestic violence, and suffrage. And they will note the overlap of her ideas on ethics, religion, arts, and socialism, written in the 1830s, with her more famous husband’s works, published 25 years later.

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In this massive undertaking, Jacobs (philosophy, Millikin Univ.), who has published previously on Harriet Taylor Mill (HTM), has edited the entirety of Mill's extant writings, including letters, in a volume that is equal parts philosophy, women's studies, and Victorian studies. HTM was the long-time companion to, and eventually the wife of, Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill, with whom she often collaborated. The two Mills were certainly intellectual partners, and HTM, contends Jacobs, has often been misunderstood or unfairly maligned. Jacobs succeeds admirably in her attempt to rehabilitate HTM's place in the history of philosophy. Here, HTM comments as a social thinker on women's rights (education, marriage and divorce, and most importantly domestic violence) and on ethics, religion, and art, among other topics. HTM's works have heretofore been largely unavailable, making this an important contribution. Recommended for academic libraries.--Martha Henn, Birmingham-Southern Coll. Lib., AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253333933
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Ellen Jacobs is Professor of Philosophy at Millikin University. She has also written, "The Lot of Gifted Ladies is Hard: A Study of Harriet Taylor Mill Criticism," which appears in Hypatia’s Daughters: 1500 Years of Women Philosophers, as well as a number of articles in aesthetics.

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Table of Contents

Textual Introduction
Sect. 1 Writings on Women
1 Education of Women 3
2 Marriage and Divorce 15
3 Women's Rights 27
4 Violence and Domestic Violence 75
Sect. 2 Writings on Other Issues
5 Ethics 135
6 Religion 157
7 Arts 165
8 Miscellaneous 223
Sect. 3 Letters
9 To John Stuart Mill 319
10 To Family and Friends 379
11 To John Taylor 437
12 To Helen Taylor 507
Hardy Family Tree 589
References 591
General Index 595
Index of Documents 601
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