In Mill’s autobiography, the reader not only gets the real story behind the mind of a prodigy, but also an understanding of his emotions. After a strict upbringing, the insurmountable pressures Mill faces leads to a mental breakdown. However, the author then goes on not only to understand his own beliefs and feelings, but also to develop new radical ideas.
About the Author
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was an English philosopher, economist, and progressive reformer. A forceful defender of individual liberty, racial equality, and the rights of women, he made important contributions to the philosophy of utilitarianism, which, in seeking a basis to judge actions, looked toward consequences rather than intent.
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A fascinating autobiography. Very interesting.