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Overview

Mill on Liberty was first published in 1983 and has become a classic of Mill commentary. The second edition reproduces the text of the first in full, and in paperback for the first time. To this, John Gray adds an extensive postscript which defends the interpretation of Mill set out in the first edition, but develops radical criticisms of the substance of Millian and other liberalism.
The new edition is intended as a contribution to the current debate about the foundations of liberalism, and it looks closely at the recent seminal contributions to liberal thought by Raz, Feinberg, Rawls and Berlin. Central to its argument is Gray's contention that, like other liberalisms that ground themselves on an ideal of autonomy or individuality, Millian liberalism has a Eurocentric bias that cannot be given rational justification. Gray addresses the question of whether any form of liberal theory, can, in fact, avoid the bias, and concludes that it cannot.
This book will be indispensable both to those familiar with On Liberty and to those coming to it for the first time. In addition, the book will also be of great interest to moral and political theorists, to students of law and jurisprudence and to intellectual historians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415124744
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/2/1996
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

John Gray
John Gray is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Straw Dogs and Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern. A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements and Bibliographical Note
Preface
Preface to the second edition
I Mill's Problem in On Liberty 1
II Mill's Utilitarianism 19
III The Principle of Liberty 48
IV Mill's Conception of Happiness and the Theory of Individuality 70
V Applications 90
VI Mill's Doctrine of Liberty: A Reappraisal 111
Postscript 130
Notes 159
Index 173
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