“Mill keenly appreciated the indispensable and complex role of the intellectuals.”
John Stuart Mill
Raised since early childhood to promote Jeremy Bentham’s theory of utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill both expanded on those ideas and developed many of his own regarding individual freedom and liberty. Inspired by his good friend and wife, Mill was one of the first men to publish a book explicitly on women’s rights; he viewed the subjugation of women as one of the worst vestiges of ancient society. Mill is probably best known for his harm principle and the theory of tyranny of the majority.
The great classical liberal John Stuart Mill articulates his famous Harm Principle.
When should the military intervene in foreign conflicts? Only rarely and under narrow circumstances, said John Stuart Mill.
In this excerpt from On Liberty, Mill argues that the right of an individual to her own opinion isn’t only good for her, but for the rest of society.
This week Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, John Samples, and Matthew Feeney discuss 19th century philosopher John Stuart Mill’s idea of “civil liberty.”
A complex view into a complex thinker.
Raised from a young age to continue the philosophical tradition of Benthamite utilitarianism, Mill contributed to philosophy of science and ethics.
On Liberty is not merely a political text explaining the intricacies of how the state ought to act. It is a love letter to the individual virtues of intellectual curiosity, tolerance, and open-mindedness.
“Mill’s allowance of some [interventionism] was always qualified by a concern to promote diversity, variety, and autonomy in all spheres of human life.”
This home study course discusses the issues of equal rights, especially with reference to the flourishing of individuality and pluralism in a free society.
John Stuart Mill was a philosopher best known for his contributions to a free-market, more freedom-oriented view of utilitarianism.
What is the place of utilitarianism in the broader libertarian tradition?
Andrew Jason Cohen joins us for a discussion on toleration—what does it mean to be tolerant? What should be tolerated? Are we becoming less tolerant?
What happens in a democracy when voters are too ignorant to vote well about the things they vote about? How can we best counter this political ignorance?
Adam Gurri joins us for a discussion on utilitarianism and why it may not be a satisfactory moral theory in which to ground libertarianism.
What might justify restrictions on trade? Surprenant considers some possibilities.