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John Stuart Mill on Liberty and Control - Joseph Hamburger

John Stuart Mill on Liberty and Control

Paperback Published: 8th July 2001
ISBN: 9780691089881
Number Of Pages: 264

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John Stuart Mill is one of the hallowed figures of the liberal tradition, revered for his defense of liberal principles and expansive personal liberty. By examining Mill's arguments in "On Liberty" in light of his other writings, however, Joseph Hamburger reveals a Mill very different from the "saint of rationalism" so central to liberal thought. He shows that Mill, far from being an advocate of a maximum degree of liberty, was an advocate of liberty "and" control--indeed a degree of control ultimately incompatible with liberal ideals.

Hamburger offers this powerful challenge to conventional scholarship by presenting Mill's views on liberty in the context of his ideas about, in particular, religion and historical development. The book draws on the whole range of Mill's philosophical writings and on his correspondence with, among others, Harriet Taylor Mill, Auguste Comte, and Alexander Bain to show that Mill's underlying goal was to replace the traditional religious basis of society with a form of secular religion that would rest on moral authority, individual restraint, and social control. Hamburger argues that Mill was not self-contradictory in thus championing both control and liberty. Rather, liberty and control worked together in Mill's thought as part of a balanced, coherent program of social and moral reform that was neither liberal nor authoritarian.

Based on a lifetime's study of nineteenth-century political thought, this clearly written and forcefully argued book is a major reinterpretation of Mill's ideas and intellectual legacy.

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000 "A clear, well-documented, and persuasive book... At stake is nothing less than a recasting of the role of Mill's philosophy in relationship to liberalism."--Choice "In this final publication Hamburger has left a challenging scholarly legacy that deserves inclusion in all future discussions of John Stuart Mill and twentieth-century liberalism."--Joseph Farry, Perspectives on Political Science "Clear, well-documented, and persuasive."--Choice

Editor's Notep. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Liberty and Controlp. 3
Cultural Reformp. 18
Mill and Christianityp. 42
Candor or Concealmentp. 55
Arguments about Christianity in On Libertyp. 86
The Religion of Humanityp. 108
Individuality and Moral Reformp. 149
How Much Liberty?p. 166
Mill's Rhetoricp. 203
Epiloguep. 225
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780691089881
ISBN-10: 0691089884
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 8th July 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44