Perfect Equality: John Stuart Mill on Well-Constituted Communities

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This original and compelling book argues that previous studies of John Stuart Mill's work have neglected his egalitarianism and thus seriously misunderstood his views. Morales demonstrates that Mill was fundamentally concerned with how the exercise of unjust or arbitrary power by some individuals over others sabotages the possibility of human well-being and social improvement. Mill therefore believed that 'perfect equality'—more than liberty—was the foundation of democracy and that democracy was a moral ideal for...

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This original and compelling book argues that previous studies of John Stuart Mill's work have neglected his egalitarianism and thus seriously misunderstood his views. Morales demonstrates that Mill was fundamentally concerned with how the exercise of unjust or arbitrary power by some individuals over others sabotages the possibility of human well-being and social improvement. Mill therefore believed that 'perfect equality'—more than liberty—was the foundation of democracy and that democracy was a moral ideal for the organization of human life in all of its dimensions. By reinterpreting Mill, Morales also challenges twentieth-century views of liberalism, and addresses its contemporary communitarian and feminist critics.

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Maria H. Morales is assistant professor of philosophy at Florida State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Mill's Substantive Egalitarianism 21
2 Mill on Bentham: Two Conceptions of Politics 49
3 A Social Conception of Utility 71
4 Liberty in Opposition to Power 97
5 The Corrupting Influence of Power 115
6 The Tyranny of the Domestic Sphere 147
7 The Foundation of Millean Communities 181
Bibliography 205
Index 217
About the Author 221
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