On Liberty (Broadview Literary Texts) Paperback – 1999
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Mill's On Liberty stands among the most important achievements in the history of political thought. His arguments are as pertinent today as ever. This much-needed new edition is especially useful, as it includes Steven M. Cahn's helpful annotations as well as an excellent Introduction and thought-provoking Study Guide by C. L. Ten. (Talisse, Robert B.) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Published in 1859, this essay by British philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill (1806-73) remains a major influence upon liberal political thought today. In this work, Mill defines liberty as an absolute individual right, and defends freedom of speech as a necessary condition of social and intellectual progress. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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One of the interesting ideas behind 'On Liberty' is that this may in fact be more the inspiration of Harriet Taylor (later Mrs. J.S. Mill) than of Mill himself; Taylor wrote an essay on Toleration, most likely in 1832, but it remained unpublished until after her death. F.A. Hayek (free-market economist and philosopher) noticed this connection. Whether this was the direct inspiration or not, the principles are similar, and the Mills were rather united in their views about liberty.
'On Liberty' is more of an extended essay than a book - it isn't very long (104 pages of the text in the Norton Critical Edition, edited by David Spitz). It relates as a political piece to his general Utilitarianism and political reform ideology. A laissez faire capitalist in political economy, his writing has been described as 'improved Adam Smith' and 'popularised Ricardo'. Perhaps it is in part the brevity of 'On Liberty' that gives it an enduring quality.
There are five primary sections to the text. The introduction sets the stage philosophically and historically. He equates the histories of classical civilisations (Greece and Rome) with his contemporary England, stating that the struggle between liberty and authority is ever present and a primary feature of society.Read more ›
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Beware, the kindle edition is not the edition shown, edited by Elizabeth Rapaport. There is no introduction, there are no annotations or comments at all to help the reader gain a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by vlopez
Very good. Having it on my computer and cell phone is very convenient. Can read it everywhere. No need for paperPublished on June 23 2014 by JosÃ©phine
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was interested in the nature of Civil Liberty, and the limits to the power that a Government can legitimately exercise upon its citizens. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by B. Alcat
JSM's On Liberty certainly stands among the classic works of the Age of Reason. Mill's encyclical is a perfect example of the tendency of the Enlightenment to believe something to... Read morePublished on July 20 2003 by Arthem
It was not Socialism itself that is an evil, but the way it was implemented in some countries, in response to white-anglo-whatever's totally value-less review. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by Nathaniel Avery
Unlike the clueless and completely contradictory rantings of "white_anglo_saxon_muslim", this book is entirely in favour of the freedom of the individual - personal... Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2002 by Conno
This book represents the beginning of the peversion of classical liberalism (Algernon Sidney, John Trenchard, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry) into the tyranny of modern day... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2001
In On Liberty, Mill attempts to define when the authority of society can rightly limit individuality and the "sovereignty of the individual over himself. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2000