John Stuart Mill on Liberty and Control. by Joseph Hamburger

By Joseph Hamburger

Joseph Hamburger, who kicked the bucket in 1997, has left us a wealthy legacy by means of advantage of his trenchant research of the total Mill. whereas such a lot students have eager about On Liberty and his essay on Utilitarianism, Hamburger has selected to target the complete corpus of Mill's paintings.

Hamburger is the purely pupil who has effectively argued that Mill, lengthy thought of among the pantheon of serious liberal thinkers, deals us a glance on the conservative pressure of Mill's idea. this can be arrived at via a detailed textual research of Mill's much less recognized yet no much less salient paintings, thereby giving us a extra balanced view of this significant nineteenth century philosopher. A needs to learn should you desire to comprehend Mill as he understood himself.

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25 His defense of penalties—enforced by law or imposed by opinion—that would restrict marriage and childbearing is another example of his broad definition of harm, and is the occasion for his criticism of “current ideas of liberty, which . . ”27 Obligations within a family—to spouse or children—Mill also considered in his few discussions of divorce. Here too he was concerned to prevent harm, and consequently he did not approve of liberty to dissolve the marriage contract, in spite of his wish to consider the happiness of both husband and wife.

22 C U LT U R A L R E F O R M things were not as bad in his time as they had been in the fifteenth century, he confessed “often . . ”19 The move away from conventional politics to a concern with morals and character in both individuals and in the culture was most pronounced during the 1840s and 1850s, but there had been anticipations of this development. ”20 His attention again focused on this soon after his mental crisis when Mill was torn by a public dispute that had enduring consequences; it arose from the critique of his father’s essay “Government” by Macaulay, not yet famous as Member of Parliament or historian but already well known as a rising star of the Edinburgh Review.

22 He accepted Macaulay’s criticism of his father, which opened his eyes to the importance of individual character as shaped by the underlying beliefs and values instilled by culture. ”24 This part of the Logic provided the epistemological rationale for Mill’s move to cultural politics during the 1840s and 1850s. There were other experiences that anticipated and influenced his emphasis on cultural politics. The impact of St. Simonism, which coincided with Macaulay’s critique of his father, was great.

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