Mill and Liberalism was first published in 1963. Initial reactions varied from the uncomprehending to the splenetic. In the intervening quarter-century the intellectual climate has changed as reflected by its greatest exemplar, to warrant fresh consideration. Unlike many commentators, before or subsequently, Maurice Cowling endeavours to view Mill's thought as a coherent whole with a specific proselytising purpose, geared to the emasculation of Christianity and its replacement by a libertarian public doctrine. This interpretation aroused much contemporary hostility, and in a new introduction Cowling locates Mill and Liberalism within the broader intellectual history of post-war Britain, looking at the various strands of the 'new Right' and relating the academic to more specifically journalistic or political manifestations.
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Table of ContentsPreface to the First Edition; Preface to the Second Edition; Introduction; Part I. Exposition: 1. The historic mission; 2. The doctrine; 3. The proof of the doctrine; 4. Liberalism and the Religion of Humanity; Part II. Criticism: 5. On Liberty; 6. The authority of the clerisy.