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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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Mill and Political Philosophy

Mill and Political Philosophy

(p.207) Chapter 7 Mill and Political Philosophy
Reforming Liberalism

Robert Devigne

Yale University Press

This chapter concludes the book with a comprehensive view of the ideas and arguments that John Stuart Mill encountered, written of, and commented upon regarding his own political philosophy. Mill believed that societies need to create institutions and practices that contribute to the development of human faculties, the moral education of society, and human excellence—whereas the more traditional liberals of Anglo-Scottish thought focused instead of protecting a private sphere for human conduct. Also, the chapter discusses a riddle in Mill's political philosophy that has long vexed analysts. Mill, for one, is an advocate of freedoms of speech, religion, women, assembly, self-government, the market, and emigration. On the other hand, Mill is also known for arguments that transcend liberal concerns about protecting the individual from state and social domination. In response to these two currents in Mill's thought, contemporary commentators have developed two schools of thought: traditionalist and revisionist. Thus, the chapter uses these two approaches in order to further explore Mill's political philosophy.

Keywords:   political philosophy, John Stuart Mill, development of human faculties, moral education of society, human excellence, Mill's political philosophy, traditionalist, revisionist

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