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Reforming LiberalismJ.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities$
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Robert Devigne

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300112429

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300112429.001.0001

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Reforming Liberalism

Robert Devigne

Yale University Press

This chapter introduces the problems that arise with John Stuart Mill's liberalist views. Despite the fact that he is considered as the thinker that formulated many of the fundamental theoretical underpinnings of liberalism, there arises a need for a truly comprehensive assessment of his thought, especially for an evaluation of liberalism itself. This chapter thus introduces the background and influences that shaped Mill's thought. His education was classical, which implies his deep connection with the political and ethical world of the Greeks. Samuel Taylor Coleridge also introduced German romanticism's critique of empiricism to Mill, whereby Mill set out to integrate the insights of classical thought with empiricism's critics into what is now the liberal mainstream.

Keywords:   John Stuart Mill, liberalist views, liberalism, classical, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, German romanticism, empiricism

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