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By Wendy Donner;Richard Fumerton

John Stuart Mill investigates the valuable components of the nineteenth century philosopher’s such a lot profound and influential works, from On Liberty to Utilitarianism and The Subjection of ladies . via shut research of his fundamental works, it finds the very middle of the thinker’s rules, and examines them within the context of utilitarianism, liberalism and the British empiricism usual in Mill’s day.

• provides an research of the whole diversity of Mill’s basic writings, attending to the center of the philosopher’s rules. • Examines the significant parts of Mill’s writings in simply available prose • locations Mill’s paintings and concept in the greater cultural and social context of nineteenth century Britain • Illustrates the continuing relevance of Mill’s philosophy to today’s reader

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Mill believes that agents who have been properly socialized and educated are better equipped to lead satisfying and worthwhile lives in the private sphere, as well as to engage as responsible and active citizens in the public domain. We are all entitled to social resources and access to cooperative endeavors to allow us to lead lives of self-development as adults. Self-development is both an essential element of and an essential precondition for appreciating the most valuable kinds of happiness.

People have a right to liberty of self-development and are wronged and harmed if they are shut out from an appropriate education. His perspective on self-development also has significant implications for Mill’s form of liberalism, as I explore in Chapter 6, on liberalism and democracy. If, as Mill holds, a threshold level of self-development is needed in order to lead a good life, then to deny someone the opportunity of self-development violates some of their most vital interests – and thus their basic rights.

In such scenarios the agents choose to eschew or abstain from intense pleasures in order to pursue and protect the peaceful and calm enjoyments that are constant and enduring. It is not required that such cases be typical or common in order to make the point that Bentham’s measurement procedure is not merely one of straightforward calculation. From these scenarios we can draw out the point that different agents, similarly trained and educated, can be expected to differ in their judgments, assessments, and weightings of intensity and duration.

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