J. S. Mill: 'On Liberty' and Other Writingsby John Stuart Mill
Pub. Date: 08/28/1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
John Stuart Mill is one of the few indisputably classic authors in the history of political thought. On Liberty, first published in 1851, has become celebrated as the most powerful defense of the freedom of the individual and it is now widely regarded as the most important theoretical foundation for Liberalism as a political creed. Similarly, his The Subjection of Women, a powerful indictment of the political, social, and economic position of women, has become one of the cardinal documents of modern feminism. This edition brings together these two classic texts, plus Mill's posthumous Chapters on Socialism, his somewhat neglected examination of the strengths and weaknesses of various forms of Socialism. The Editor's substantial Introduction places these three works in the context both of Mill's life and of nineteenth-century intellectual and political history, and assesses their continuing relevance.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction; Chronology; Bibliographical notes; Acknowledgements and note on the texts; Biographical synopses; On Liberty; The Subjection of Women; Chapters on Socialism; Index.
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John Stuart wasn't around when this country was founded, but he wrote what I consider to be the very finest example of the importance of personal liberty. The way Mill stresses the need for society to be tolerant of other people's beliefs and actions as long as they don't directly effect others. His realization that this is the only way society can truly grow. On Liberty is also grouped with The Subjection of Women which is also a classic text in the equal rights movement not only the womens movement.