John Stuart Mill: A Biography

John Stuart Mill: A Biography

by Nicholas Capaldi
     
 

"Nicholas Capaldi's biography (no competitor is currently in print) traces the ways in which Mill's many endeavors are related and explores the significance of Mill's contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of education. He shows how Mill was groomed for his role in life by… See more details below

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"Nicholas Capaldi's biography (no competitor is currently in print) traces the ways in which Mill's many endeavors are related and explores the significance of Mill's contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of education. He shows how Mill was groomed for his role in life by both his father, James Mill, and Jeremy Bentham, the two most prominent philosophical radicals of the early nineteenth century. Yet Mill revolted against this education and developed friendships with Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who introduced him to Romanticism and political conservatism." "A special feature of this biography is the attention devoted to the relationship with Harriet Taylor. No one exerted a greater influence on Mill than the woman he was eventually to marry. Nicholas Capaldi reveals just how deep her impact was on Mill's thinking about the emancipation of women. Clarifying this relationship helps to explain why Mill was concerned not only with such issues as the franchise and representation, but also with a fundamental concept of personal autonomy that became pivotal to his thought." There has never been a serious attempt to set out the interconnections of Mill's thought in this manner. Moreover, this biography presents the private life as both a reflection and an instantiation of ideas and values - a life so constructed as to be a Romantic work of art.

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ISBN-13:
9780521620246
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2003
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

1. Childhood and early education: the great experiment (1806–20); 2. Company man and youthful propaganda (1821–6); 3. Crisis (1826–30); 4. The discovery of romance and romanticism (1830–40); 5. The transitional essays; 6. Intellectual success (1840–5); 7. Worldly success (1846–50); 8. Private years (1850–9); 9. The memorial essays: utilitarianism, representative government, on liberty; 10. Public intellectual (1859–69); 11. Last years (1869–73).

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