On Liberty / Edition 1

On Liberty / Edition 1

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by John Stuart Mill, Edward Alexander
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1551111993

ISBN-13: 9781551111995

Pub. Date: 03/08/1999

Publisher: Broadview Press

Mill predicted that “[t]he Liberty is likely to survive longer than anything else that I have written … because the conjunction of [Harriet Taylor’s] mind with mine has rendered it a kind of philosophic text-book of a single truth, which the changes progressively taking place in modern society tend to bring out in ever greater relief.”

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Mill predicted that “[t]he Liberty is likely to survive longer than anything else that I have written … because the conjunction of [Harriet Taylor’s] mind with mine has rendered it a kind of philosophic text-book of a single truth, which the changes progressively taking place in modern society tend to bring out in ever greater relief.” Indeed, On Liberty is one of the most influential books ever written, and remains a foundational document for the understanding of vital political, philosophical and social issues. In addition to its many useful appendices, this new edition includes a chronology, bibliography, and a substantial introduction which outlines Mill’s life and works, and sets this central work of 1859 in the context of both his own intellectual development and of the play of ideas and political forces in Victorian society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551111995
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
03/08/1999
Series:
Literary Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
John Stuart Mill: A Brief Chronology
Introduction
A Note on the Text

On Liberty

Appendix A: Preludes to On Liberty

  1. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  2. Early Essays and Letters by Mill

Appendix B: Comments by Mill about On Liberty

Appendix C: Comments by Contemporaries about On Liberty and Mill

  1. Caroline Fox
  2. Thomas Carlyle
  3. Thomas Hardy
  4. John Ruskin
  5. Matthew Arnold
  6. George Eliot

Appendix D: Contemporary Reviews and Critiques

  1. Atheneum
  2. Saturday Review
  3. Thomas Arnold, Jr. The Rambler
  4. British Quarterly Review
  5. R.W. Church, Bentley’s Quarterly Review
  6. James Fitzjames Stephen, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
  7. John Morley, Fortnightly Review
  8. Charles de Rémusat, Revue des Deux Mondes
  9. Alexander Herzen, My Past and Thoughts
  10. Constantine N. Leontyev, “The Average European … ”
  11. [A.T. Bledsoe] Southern Review

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On Liberty (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In an attempt to examine individual freedoms, John Stuart Mill provides his utilitarian idea of a strong protection of rights in On Liberty. Mill outlines what he considers to be the major influencing factors that determine societies¿ power and individual rights, and produces what he considers to be the most significant development in his discussion: his belief that man should have ultimate sovereignty on his own decisions as long as they do not harm anyone else. With this ¿harm principle¿ in mind, Mill discloses three individual liberties that are of grave importance: freedom of thought/opinion/speech, freedom of action and freedom to unite. He provides an overview of his perspectives on the right to these personal freedoms and the burden of societal and governmental restriction upon these freedoms. Mill also recognizes that the only appropriate application of societal or governmental power should be in order to protect, and that outside of the function of providing a means for self-protection for each individual, society as a whole should not impose power that influences man's capacity for free choice. In summary, I believe this particular essay by Mill to be a crucial link in the development of individual freedoms. On Liberty, to me, is an endeavor to illustrate the ideas and theories of a man ahead of history, which brings about a series of important ideas and thoughts that outline what individual freedoms truly are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Mill has challenged us to reach the bounds of Liberty in our every action and deed. Concepts of Freedom and Liberty come to life in his essay which challenges not only his contemporary society but all societies to come. It is interesting to note his comments about current society and governments being capable of addressing this issue. There are still many governments in this 21st century world who do not subscribe to the philosophy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for my Honors Compostition class at North Dakota State Univ. The book is definitely a slow read, make sure you have lots of time to read it (you'll probably find yourself re-reading large chunks of it). Mill's viewpoint is definitely extreme, from my point of view. He writes from a very liberal point of view, and suggests allowing no restrictions on human liberty except when another person would be endangered. Several of his arguments seem week and he adds very strange exceptions to his ideas. The book is interesting, but not a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Stuart Mill has a grasp on Liberty and a fearlessness in communicating it that is unmatched. I read some of the reviews on here, such as from that "composition teacher" who calls John's agruements "week" and was depressed that people miss the points here. Liberty for all, one day I hope all people understand Liberty as John did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Americans need to read this!
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hates_sunlight More than 1 year ago
The text is really garbled. The proofreaders should be fired and blacklisted.