John Stuart Mill and Freedom of Expression: The Genesis of a Theory

John Stuart Mill and Freedom of Expression: The Genesis of a Theory

by K.C. O'Rourke
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415253047

ISBN-13: 9780415253048

Pub. Date: 07/25/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"This work explores the many influences and characters that came to bear on Mill's mature ideas. The author argues that On Liberty's case for freedom of expression is based primarily on the key role that it has to play in the development and maintenance of individuality in society, rather than political unity or the importance of the discovery of truth, as it is…  See more details below

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"This work explores the many influences and characters that came to bear on Mill's mature ideas. The author argues that On Liberty's case for freedom of expression is based primarily on the key role that it has to play in the development and maintenance of individuality in society, rather than political unity or the importance of the discovery of truth, as it is traditionally interpreted. While thus challenging many other contemporary interpretations, the author attempts to introduce a clearer understanding of the principle of liberty defended by Mill." "Scholars and students working in the fields of philosophy, political thought and the history of ideas, as well as those exploring the relevance of Mill to contemporary legal and media issues, will find this work original and enlightening."--BOOK JACKET.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415253048
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/25/2001
Series:
Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1A worthy successor9
James Mill and the liberty of the press9
John Stuart Mill's early writings15
The Westminster Review18
2The aftermath of the 'mental crisis'23
The gradual change24
'The Spirit of the Age'26
Growing individualism33
3Coleridgian agendas42
Coleridge on liberty43
Mill as Coleridgian46
'Bentham' and 'Coleridge'49
4Joint productions?59
Harriet on toleration59
Joint progress62
Education and liberty65
Towards On Liberty70
5On Liberty: the 1859 response75
Speech and self-regarding acts76
The right to hear: understanding infallibility78
The necessity of intellectual challenge84
Truths and half-truths89
6Liberty, Equality, Fraternity94
Self-regarding acts and infallibility95
Liberty versus control98
App.: three 'new' letters from Mill to Stephen101
7On Liberty: recent interpretations106
One principle or two?106
Gray's defence of Mill110
Interests and progress113
Which interests should be considered as rights?118
8Exceptions to freedom of thought and discussion126
The corn-dealer example126
Forms of incitement130
Indecency and censorship136
9After on Liberty: from theory to reality145
Liberty in practice145
The Inaugural Address149
Mill in parliament150
After Westminster155
10Conclusion: Mill reassessed159
Notes164
Bibliography209
Index222

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