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John Stuart Mill: A Very Short Introduction

Gregory Claeys

February 2022

ISBN: 9780198749998

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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John Stuart Mill (1806-73) is widely regarded as the leading liberal philosopher, economist, and political theorist of nineteenth century Britain. This book offers a brief survey of his life and ideas, highlighting the philosophical context for his work, exploring the key themes in his writings, and analysing their lasting influence.

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John Stuart Mill (1806-73) is widely regarded as the leading liberal philosopher, economist, and political theorist of nineteenth century Britain. This book offers a brief survey of his life and ideas, highlighting the philosophical context for his work, exploring the key themes in his writings, and analysing their lasting influence.

  • Offers an introduction to John Mill's key works and themes
  • Contextualises Mill's ideas and emphasises their evolution
  • Acknowledges the more controversial aspects of Mill's ideas
  • Draws out Mill's relevance to the present
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Gregory Claeys, Emeritus Professor, University of London

<b>Gregory Claeys</b> is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of London. He is the author of nine books, including Marx and Marxism (2018). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature (2010), and co-editor (with Gareth Stedman Jones) of The Cambridge History of Nineteenth Century Political Thought (2011).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:An uneventful life
    2:Remaking radicalism 1835-45
    3:Political economy and social philosophy 1845-1859
    4:The values of On Liberty (1859)
    5:Later writings 1861-79
    6:Mill today
    Further Reading
    Index