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  1. On Liberty (HPC Classics Series)
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  2. On Liberty (HPC Classics Series)

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Contents include a selected bibliography and an editor's Introduction broken into two sections. The first section provides a brief sketch of the historical, social, and biographical context in which Mill wrote and the second traces the central line of argument in the text to aid in the comprehension of the essay's structure, method, and major theses.

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John Stuart Mill
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Although this essay might seem outdated, its concepts are far from it. It should be required reading for anyone with an interest in current events, politics and the human condition. Keep in mind while reading of the date of its writing, and don't get too upset over any statements that might seem non politically correct in our current society. Also be aware that 19th c writing went for very long run-on sentences, and it takes some getting used to that style, if it's something you're unfamiliar with. I have to say that while reading during our current 2016 presidential race here in America, (even though the targeted audience was British and used to living in a monarchy), I couldn't help but see very many parallels to the mindset of the GOP nominee and his thinking and personality. I'm sure I did a gasp to myself more than once at how true the observation of that moment was.
A quick read and well worth the time.
One of the best political reads there is. John Stuart Mill really addresses the issue of individual liberty and how easily it is overrun by governments and societies. Any Libertarian will appreciate his insight. Anyone else will [hopefully] be persuaded toward a greater sense of individual liberty. One particular segment I found applicable today is Mill's discussion of the "tyranny of the majority:" the idea that, even in a democratic society, a majority can often use its collective power to shut down any opposition and infringe on the liberties of their opponents. The only truly free society is one in which any individual can do as he pleases, so long as he does not violate another individual's liberty. He also discusses the role of public education near the end of the book, which I found a very relevant conversation, given the new administration & Dept. of Education in the U.S.
The middle 1/3 of the book is a little slower than the beginning & end (both of which I... Read more
As a utilitarianist, Mill delivers his arguments in a much less passionate though logical way. While this makes it sound like a boring read (well, maybe sometimes but not often) it actually provides a style which many philosophers hesitated. Instead of making existential pleas for his case, Mill simply derives the value of each point he makes. On women's rights, he is clearly pro, but not for any moral reason but because women are just as human as men and their equality means they should be utilized fully in thinking and labor.

Much of the book focuses on discourse and how it should be uninhibited. Utilitarianism is a great tool for such ends. For instance, when environmentalists claim that the planet is being raped and that we have a moral obligation to stop it, a better argument may be the financial and quality of life costs we are accruing.

Mill is one of the great philosophers and has had great influence in America. There's a reason for it: a unique... Read more
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