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European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche$
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Frank M Turner and Richard A. Lofthouse

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207293

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207293.001.0001

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J.S. Mill and the Nineteenth Century

J.S. Mill and the Nineteenth Century

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(p.35) Chapter 3 J.S. Mill and the Nineteenth Century
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European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche
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Frank M. Turner

, Richard A. Lofthouse
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207293.003.0003

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of James Mill, a major political radical of early nineteenth-century British politics and a pioneer of Philosophic Radicalism which was, unlike many other forms of British radicalism, formally informed by a more or less coherent set of ideas, including the philosophy of Bentham, the psychology of David Hartley, the economics of David Ricardo, and the population theory of Thomas Malthus. However, it was in the third generation that Philosophic Radicalism may be said to have gained entry into English public life. This generation included James's son John Stuart Mill. The chapter goes on to describe J. S. Mill's education and depression, and the clash between his ideas and those of fellow liberal Tocqueville.

Keywords:   John Stuart Mill, J. S. Mill, Philosophic Radicals, Philosophic Radicalism, James Mill, political radicalism, Tocqueville

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