On Liberty and Other Essays

On Liberty and Other Essays Collected here in a single volume for the first time On Liberty Utilitarianism Considerations on Representative Government and The Subjection of Women show John Stuart Mill applying his liberal ut

Collected here in a single volume for the first time, On Liberty, Utilitarianism, Considerations on Representative Government, and The Subjection of Women show John Stuart Mill applying his liberal utilitarian philosophy to a range of issues that remain vital today the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of individual liberty, the merits of and costs of democratic govCollected here in a single volume for the first time, On Liberty, Utilitarianism, Considerations on Representative Government, and The Subjection of Women show John Stuart Mill applying his liberal utilitarian philosophy to a range of issues that remain vital today the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of individual liberty, the merits of and costs of democratic government, and the place of women in society In his Introduction John Gray describes these essays as applications of Mill s doctrine of the Art of Life, as set out in A System of Logic Using the resources of recent scholarship, he shows Mill s work to be far richer and subtler than traditional interpretations allow.

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  1. John Stuart Mill, British philosopher, political economist, civil servant and Member of Parliament, was an influential liberal thinker of the 19th century He was an exponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham s.

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  1. How we all know and love our liberal freedoms freedom of speech if you have the money to speak , freedom of association that is, if your union isn t in a right to work state, or your political group isn t being monitored and busted by COINTELPRO , and, the libertarian favorite, freedom to do bodily harm to oneself i.e freedom to buy an unhealthy lifestyle on the exhilaratingly free market In theory, these are the freedoms Mill is particularly concerned with defending in his famous essay On Liber [...]

  2. This is a nice edition bringing together 4 of Mill s essays into one volume.If you are not familiar with Mill s writing the underlying ideas are powerful even if there are flaws in some of the arguments His liberalism was ahead of its time, and its easy to forget how radical some of his views were The writing style is typical of its era long winded, long sentences and long paragraphs Focus on what he is saying rather than how he is saying it, and you will get most out of it If Mill was writing i [...]

  3. After several months, I ve finally slogged through these four essays by John Stuart Mill On Liberty, Utilitarianism, Considerations on Representative Government and The Subjection of Women.It was not the easiest read Mills writing is complex and dry with extremely long sentences of nested thoughts He rarely pulls up to summarize This book put me to sleep many times and I rarely could read than 20 pages in a go Many naps later, it is finished This all being said, there were a lot of thought prov [...]

  4. wp p1x1Ng bmOn Liberty John Stuart MillI m trying something new in this space As part of my ongoing study of Meekonomics I read a lot of books on economics, politics, philosophy and religion I ve been tweeting out a quote of the day from some of my reading for about 2 years now but I ve decided that those tweets were getting rather disjointed and many of my followers were just getting sound bites that didn t make much sense unless you ve been following my thought process all along So now instead [...]

  5. In 2013, Noam Chomsky gave a lecture on the Common Good, and he quoted the epigraph at the beginning of On Liberty and Other Essays as a good place to start The grand, leading principle, towards which every argument unfolded in these pages directly converges, is the absolute and essential importance of human development in its richest diversity Wilhelm Von Humboldt What follows is Mills attempt to achieve a State worthy of the individuals who compose it The alternative being a State which dwarfs [...]

  6. On Liberty is an odd mix between impressively modern progressive thought, in particular in relation to Mill s regard for women s Liberty, and forgivable oversimplifications Most notable is the idea that we should allow people to do as they please regardless of our personal opinion unless their actions are affecting others negatively which doesn t count for the fact that people s disapproval of the actions of those around them often manifest into other negative symptoms Therefore the chances of f [...]

  7. A classic that s still applicable today In this work, Mill spells out his harm principle and the philosophy that informs it, and despite the principle s near universal fame, it is of benefit for any reader to examine the original argument and see for themselves what Mill intended But the best part of this work is not On Liberty, but On the Subjection of Women which is appended in this volume On the Subjection gives the reader insight into the feminist movement in its earliest days, and while Mil [...]

  8. This book is not an easy read because of it s complex content, nineteenth century learned readers had immense economies for words and twenty first century readers are quite remedial in comparison Yet if you get passed the heavy language, there are some dynamically interesting ideals being discussed here, some progressively liberal and others backwardly imperialistic Mill is ahead of his time for his advocacy for women s rights, the dedication is to his wife Harriet, a brilliant woman, whom schol [...]

  9. I am not a fan of reading essays Though they give interesting views, they are not entertaining in the slightest I was intrigued by the last essay out of all of them which is called The Subjection of Women It seems as if he is a feminist of the Victorian era, which is very cool to be able to see He has a lot of good ideas in there that are still very relevant today Out of all of these essays, I would recommend this one out of all of them The one thing I didn t like about any of these essays is t [...]

  10. The only canonical author who has actually shaped my political philosophy Great essays Also, the man knows is eminently quotable War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by th [...]

  11. I ve read a little Mill before and I can t say I m a utilitarian by any means Although Mill tries to justify the concepts of inherent rights and argues against hurting others for the common good, I don t like to think my happiness should be either limited by or added to for the sake of the common good Pretty dense writing style to boot Still, another seminal work that s definitely worth your while.

  12. More compulsively readable than initially thought Gets a lot right about Chinese education surprising for that time period, with so little contact and information dissemination not as advanced as it is nowadays Follows with a lot of personal beliefs, about opening up large discussion for a diversity of opinion, allowing them to fight it out and defend, to protect minority rights, and to let individuals have their liberty if it doesn t cause anyone else in society harm.

  13. Well, it s a bit dry for sure, it was after all published in 1859 as one piece, so it can be a bit like gnawing on drywall, but this is a seminal text in these troubling days I believe liberty to be at risk, despite Obama s triumph last November If nothing else, it will give you keen insight on how to deal with situations you do not agree with.

  14. An excellent collection of Mill s essays on relations of government to people and vice versa It loses one star for the unfortunately naive line The time, it is to be hoped, is gone by, when any defense would be necessary of the liberty of the press as one of the securities against corrupt or tyrannical government.

  15. This was an awesome book Although some of his theories have some problems it is amazing to read the original principals of liberalism When you think that already in the 19th century J.S.Mill was already advocating on the rights of women, you can t help but to admire him.He was a man ahead of his time.

  16. Unlike many philosophers I ve read lately, for example Kant, Mill was surprisingly light reading His writing is enjoyable, and even though one might not agree with everything he says, his argumentation is well structured and thorough A real pleasure to read, because you understand right away what he means, and don t have to spend so much time analyzing difficult metaphors and language.

  17. Rereading On Liberty and reading Utilitarianism reminded me why Mill is one of my favorite political philosophers Many of his ideas have become almost axiomatic, especially the liberty of the individual and his definitions of justice Dickens treated him somewhat harshly in Hard Times , maybe even unfairly Definitely worth a read.

  18. Isn t it weird to be rating such classic philosophy tomes out of five stars, as if any of us here have the wherewithal to consider ourselves above them Unless of course we subscribe to Mr Mill s meditations on individualism WOAH WENT THERE

  19. The classic text from Mills, in an edition which also includes, Utilitarianism, Considerations on Representative Government, The Subjection of Women Having all four together allows us to see the consistency of his thought and they still stand the test of time.

  20. I ve given this four stars only because a lot of Mill s ideas were solid and he was ahead of his time in regards to a lot of issues such as women s rights But ultimately he s working with two inconsistent principles that can t co exist, and his philosophy falls apart because of it.

  21. Only read On Liberty Helpful for tracing definitions of childhood, education, and machines Highly evocative passages regarding the imagination of individual bodies and the social body as mechanical Re read sections again before exams.

  22. I only read On Liberty so technically I didn t read this entire book However, I loved Mill s theories on how individualism is supposed to be valued in society and what a crucial role it plays in the success of the State as a whole.

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