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Why Read Mill Today?


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Preface 1. Free Thought 1. Mill's Life and Work 2. Liberalism as Free Thought 3. Thinking from Within 4. Religion 2. The Good for Human Beings 1. Happiness and Self-Development 2. The Greatest Happiness Principle 3. The Liberal Ideal 4. Qualities of Happiness 5. Morality and Justice 3. Liberty 1. Liberty and Popular Sovereignty 2. The Liberty Principle 3. Spontaneity, Conflict, Progress 4. Liberty of Discussion 5. Personal Independence 4. Modernity 1. Interpreting the Modern World 2. History and Character 3. Marx and Mill on Socialism 4. Democracy 5. Reflection 1. Mill as a Late-Modern Thinker 2. Culture and Democracy 3. Equality 4. Mill and Liberalism Today 5. What Works? What Inspires? Chronology Suggestions for Further Reading

About the Author

John Skorupski is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of John Stuart Mill (Routledge 1989), English Language Philosophy 1750-1945 (OUP 1993), Ethical Explorations (OUP 1999) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mill (1995).


" Why Read Mill Today? "is a philosophical gem. John Skorupski answers the question of his title briefly, clearly, and persuasively. More remarkably still, he answers it in a way that illuminates Mill for the reader who has never read him, and yet should interest scholars who know Mill well.' - "Peter Singer, Princeton University, USA" John Skorupski is one of the leading scholars of Mill and nineteenth century philosophy. "Why Read Mill Today?" is a marvelously concise, accessible, and engaging discussion of the moral and political philosophy of John Stuart Mill, one which both situates Mill's views in their historical context and probes their continuing significance.' - "David Brink, University of California at San Diego, USA" 'John Skorupski brilliantly describes Mill's place in the great sweep of ideas from the nineteenth century until the present day, leaving the reader in no doubt as to Mill's continuing huge significance. This is an engaging, accessible, and exciting book, which anyone seriously interested in ethics, politics, and the history of ideas should read.' - "Roger Crisp, St Anne's College, Oxford, UK"

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