On Liberty – by Mill John Stuart (1860)

On Liberty is a philosophical essay by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill. Published in 1859, it applies Mill’s ethical system of utilitarianism to society and state. Mill suggests standards for the relationship between authority and liberty. He emphasizes the importance of individuality, which he considers prerequisite to the higher pleasures—the summum bonum of utilitarianism. Furthermore, Mill asserts that democratic ideals may result in the tyranny of the majority. Among the standards proposed are Mill’s three basic liberties of individuals, his three legitimate objections to government intervention, and his two maxims regarding the relationship of the individual to society.

On Liberty was a greatly influential and well-received work. Some classical liberals and libertarians have criticized it for its apparent discontinuity with Utilitarianism, and vagueness in defining the arena within which individuals can contest government infringements on their personal freedom of action.The ideas presented in On Liberty have remained the basis of much political thought. It has remained in print since its initial publication. A copy of On Liberty is passed to the president of the British Liberal Democrats as a symbol of office.

Mill’s marriage to Harriet Taylor Mill greatly influenced the concepts in On Liberty, which was published shortly after she died.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introductory

Chapter 2: Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion

Chapter 3: On Individuality, As One of the Elements of Well-Being

Chapter 4: Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual

Chapter 5: Applications

 

Product details

  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; null edition (January 10, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 176 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1505852919
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1505852912
  • Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches

One thought on “On Liberty – by Mill John Stuart (1860)

  1. Mohammad Baumgarter says:

    I’ll right away seize your rss feed as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please let me understand in order that I may subscribe. Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.