John Stuart Mill by R J Halliday

By R J Halliday

Delivering an important new interpretation of Mill's political concept, Mill's ambivalent perspective to democracy is thoroughly tested. the consequences for contemporary democracy of Mill's perspectives on consensus and management, paperwork and participation, equality and liberty emerge from a deep figuring out of Mill's position in nineteenth century rules.

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1910), vol. II, pp. 357–86, in particular the entries for 9 March and 5 April. One is reminded of JOHN STUART MILL 27 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 Marx’s aphorism in The Poverty of Philosophy: if the German transforms hats into ideas‚ ‘the Englishman transforms men into hats’. These articles are reprinted in several places. ), Mill’s Essays on Literature and Society (New York, Collier-Macmillan, 1965), pp. 27–78. The articles themselves have been the subject of considerable controversy, notably on the question of their indebtedness to Saint-Simonian philosophy.

For several years after the crisis, then, certainly from 1829 until the beginnings of Mill’s attempt to reorganise the radical party in the middle of the thirties‚ the pursuit of eclecticism had been matched by the development of an ideal and contemplative toryism. This is a poor label. While ‘ideal’ serves its purpose, ‘tory’ is not quite to the point since there was no great pessimism about human nature and no attachment to prejudice as such. ‘Contemplative’ may also obscure the strong commitment to proselytise secondary maxims and to promote agreement at every opportunity.

He also began to live the life of an impartial and benevolent eclectic. He left the London Debating Society in 1829. 26 Looking back on the event in the Autobiography, he made no bones about his reasons. ’27 Consequently Mill wrote very little at this time and nothing regularly for publication. 28 Also, in the two years between 1829 and 1831, he furthered his knowledge of Greek literature and civilisation. He translated and annotated several of Plato’s dialogues, four of these annotated translations, the Protagoras, the Gorgias, the Phaedrus and the Apology, being published in the Monthly Repository.

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