On Liberty (Rethinking the Western Tradition Series)

On Liberty (Rethinking the Western Tradition Series)

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On Liberty (Rethinking the Western Tradition Series) by John Stuart Mill

Since its first publication in 1859, few works of political philosophy have provoked such continuous controversy as John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, a passionate argument on behalf of freedom of self-expression. This classic work is now available in a new edition that also includes essays by distinguished scholars in a range of fields.

The book begins with a biographical essay by David Bromwich and an interpretative essay by George Kateb. Then Jean Bethke Elshtain, Owen Fiss, Judge Richard A. Posner, and Jeremy Waldron present commentaries on the pertinence of Mill’s thinking to current debates. They discuss, for example, the uses of authority and tradition, the shifting legal boundaries of free speech and free action, the relation of personal liberty to market individualism, and the tension between the right to live as one pleases and the right to criticize anyone’s way of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300096101
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/20/2003
Series: Rethinking the Western Tradition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 836,277
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Bromwich is Housum Professor of English at Yale University. George Kateb is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. Jean Bethke Elshtain is Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. Owen Fiss is Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University. Richard A. Posner is a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jeremy Waldron is Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia University.

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On Liberty 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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Perhaps this would be a happier world if more people subscibed to the philosophies of Mill. In this work Mill puts a high value on the concept of liberty and has many enlightening ideas on economics and Christianity. Mill is a little wordy and his chapters are long, but he is an accomplished writer and a great defender of liberty. I hope that more will read and adopt the philosophy of Mill in this generation and value liberty as much as Mill.
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