On Liberty,
by John Stuart Mill.
Northbrook, Ill. : AHM Publishing Corp., c1947.
viii, [i], 118 p. --
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Northbrook, Ill. : AHM Publishing Corp., c1947.
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At head of title: Edited by Alburey Castell.
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Bibliography: p. 118.
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In this eighth contribution to "Rethinking the Western Tradition." Bromwich (English, Yale Univ.) elegantly briefs Mill's life and thought, and Kateb (Politics, Princeton Univ.) provides an eloquent and innovative reading of On Liberty. After Mill's text, four notable public intellectuals discuss On Liberty in terms of current concerns. None of these four is a Mill specialist; indeed, three are law professors (Owen Fiss, Yale Univ.; Richard Posner, Univ. of Chicago; and Jeremy Waldron, Columbia Univ.) and Jean Elshtain (Univ. of Chicago) is a political theorist who writes on religion. This mix is designed to engage students and teachers, and it admirably meets that purpose. Fiss thinks that Mill privileges free speech and democratic politics over his "no harm to others" principle. Posner sees Mill's acceptance of "moral externalities" generated by freedom for self-realization as a small price to pay for a dynamic society. Elshtain sees Mill as a "liberal monist" neglecting the importance of authority for individual and social flourishing. Waldron's essay is the strongest in the collection. By stressing culture, not the state, as the focus of On Liberty, he advances central themes in contemporary Mill scholarship and, through Mill, gives a needed voice to current cultural and political conflicts. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers and undergraduate students. E. J. Eisenach University of Tulsa
Main Description
From the Introduction In his Autobiography, Mill predicts that the essay On Liberty is "likely to survive longer than anything else that I have written." He goes on to say that the essay is the expression of a "single truth: " "the importance, to man and society, of a large variety of types of character, and of giving full freedom to human nature to expand itself in innumerable and conflicting directions." In the essay itself, Mill defines his subject as "the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual." He defends the absolute freedom of individuals to engage in conduct not harmful to others, and the near-absolute freedom to express and discuss opinions of all kinds. Mill's essay survives, as he had predicted, because his powerful message is still widely rejected by the powerful, and by those who continue to seek power over the lives of others.
Main Description
In powerful and persuasive prose, Mill asks and answers provocative questions relating to the boundaries of social authority and individual sovereignty. This new edition offers students of political science and philosophy, in an inexpensive volume, one of the most influential studies on the nature of individual liberty and its role in a democratic society.
Main Description
This volume includes the complete essay in five chapters: Introductory; Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion; Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-being; Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual; and Applications. With a fine introduction by editor Alburey Castell, this edition also includes line numbers for easy reference, a list of principal dates in the life of John Stuart Mill, and a bibliography.
Long Description
In "On Liberty," John Stuart Mill begins by writing, "The subject of this essay is not the so-called 'liberty of the will', so unfortunately opposed to the misnamed doctrine of philosophical necessity; but civil, or social liberty: the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual." It is this concept that is at the heart of this work. John Stuart Mill eloquently ponders the question of where the line should be drawn between the freedom of individuals and the authority of the state. As he puts it, "The struggle between liberty and authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar..."
Table of Contents
Editor's Introductionp. vii
Introductory I
Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussionp. 15
Of Individuality, As One of the Elements of Well-Beingp. 55
Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individualp. 75
Applicationsp. 95
Bibliographyp. 118
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