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Principles of Political Economy : With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy - John Stuart Mill

Principles of Political Economy

With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy

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Stephen Nathanson's clear-sighted abridgment of Principles of Political Economy, Mill's first major work in moral and political philosophy, provides a challenging, sometimes surprising account of Mill's views on many important topics: socialism, population, the status of women, the cultural bases of economic productivity, the causes and possible cures of poverty, the nature of property rights, taxation, and the legitimate functions of government. Nathanson cuts through the dated and less relevant sections of this large work and includes significant material omitted in other editions, making it possible to see the connections between the views Mill expressed in Principles of Political Economy and the ideas he defended in his later works, particularly On Liberty. Indeed, studying Principles of Political Economy, Nathanson argues in his general Introduction, can help to resolve the apparent contradiction between Mill's views in On Liberty and those in Utilitarianism, making it a key text for understanding Mill’s philosophy as a whole.

Editor's Introductionp. ix
Further Readingsp. xxxvii
A Note on the Textp. xxxvii
Prefacesp. 3
Preliminary Remarksp. 6
Of the Requisites of Productionp. 19
Of Labour as an Agent of Productionp. 22
Of Unproductive Labourp. 28
Of Capitalp. 32
Of Circulating and Fixed Capitalp. 34
On What Depends the Degree of Productiveness of Productive Agentsp. 36
Of Co-operation, or the Combination of Labourp. 46
Of Production on a Large, and Production on a Small Scalep. 55
Of the Law of the Increase of Labourp. 65
Of the Law of the Increase of Capitalp. 69
Of the Law of the Increase of Production from Landp. 75
Consequences of the Foregoing Lawsp. 79
Of Propertyp. 85
The Same Subject Continuedp. 98
Of Competition and Customp. 112
Of Slaveryp. 114
Of Peasant Proprietorsp. 117
Continuation of the Same Subjectp. 119
Of Metayersp. 122
Of Cottiersp. 125
Means of Abolishing Cottier Tenancyp. 129
Of Wagesp. 132
Of Popular Remedies for Low Wagesp. 141
The Remedies for Low Wages Further Consideredp. 146
Of the Differences in Wages in Different Employmentsp. 154
Of Profitsp. 163
Of Valuep. 169
On International Tradep. 172
Influence of the Progress of Society on Production and Distribution
General Characteristics of a Progressive State of Wealthp. 177
Influence of the Progress of Industry and Population on Values and Pricesp. 180
Of the Tendency of Profits to a Minimump. 183
Of the Stationary Statep. 188
On the Probable Futurity of the Labouring Classesp. 192
On the Influence of Government
Of the Functions of Government in Generalp. 205
Of the General Principles of Taxationp. 211
Of Direct Taxesp. 223
Of Taxes on Commoditiesp. 227
Of Some Other Taxesp. 231
Comparison between Direct and Indirect Taxationp. 235
Of a National Debtp. 242
Of the Ordinary Functions of Government, Considered as to Their Economical Effectsp. 247
The Same Subject Continuedp. 252
Of Interferences of Government Grounded on Erroneous Theoriesp. 260
Of the Grounds and Limits of the Laisser-Faire or Non-Interference Principlep. 277
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780872207134
ISBN-10: 0872207137
Series: Hackett Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 15th March 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Type: Abridged