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Reforming Liberalism: J.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities

Robert Devigne

Abstract

This book challenges prevailing interpretations of the political and moral thought of John Stuart Mill and the theoretical underpinnings of modern liberal philosophy. The book explains how Mill drew from ancient and romantic thought as well as past religious practices to reconcile conflicts and antinomies (liberty and virtue, self-interest and morality, equality and human excellence) that were hobbling traditional liberalism. The book shows that Mill, regarded as a seminal writer in the liberal tradition, critiques liberalism's weaknesses with a forcefulness usually associated with its well-kn ... More

Keywords: moral thought, John Stuart Mill, modern liberal philosophy, liberalism, virtue, self-interest, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780300112429
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300112429.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Devigne, author