J. S. Mill: "On Liberty" and Other Writings

J. S. Mill: "On Liberty" and Other Writings

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Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

John Stuart Mill is one of the few indisputably classic authors in the history of political thought. "On Liberty", first published in 1851, has become celebrated as the most powerful defense of the freedom of the individual and it is now widely regarded as the most important theoretical foundation for Liberalism as a political creed. Similarly, his "The Subjection of Women," a powerful indictment of the political, social, and economic position of women, has become one of the cardinal documents of modern feminism.

This edition brings together these two classic texts, plus Mill's posthumous "Chapters on Socialism," his somewhat neglected examination of the strengths and weaknesses of various forms of Socialism. The editor's substantial Introduction places these three works in the context both of Mill's life and of nineteenth-century intellectual and political history, and assesses their continuing relevance.

Paperback book 1989

Cambridge University Press