John Stuart Mill

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About the book

Who the Hell is John Stuart Mill? looks at a brilliant 19th century thinker who was to have a considerable impact on classical liberalism and the modern world. A philosopher and political economist, Mills was also a naturalist and utilitarian whose ideas combined Enlightenment thinking with Romantic and historical philosophy. Here we find out who Mills was as a person, how his ideas were formed, and what his theories are really all about.

Chapter 1: Mills' Life Story

Chapter 2: Influences on Mills' Thinking

Chapter 3: On Liberty
This chapter looks at Mills' book, On Liberty, exploring his ideas on the nature and limits of power, and how society exerts power over the individual. It also looks at his arguments on freedom of thought and speech, and freedom of character and action.

Chapter 4: Utilitarianism
Focusing on Mills' conception of happiness, this chapter looks at his work Utilitarianism, where he discusses our moral choices in our actions in order to contribute the greatest happiness in the world.

Chapter 5: The Subjection of Women
One of the earliest advocates of gender equality, Mills argued for perfect equality between the sexes in the 19th century. This chapter delves into his ideas on gender construction and women's role in society, education and marriage.

About the author

With Masters degrees from the Universities of Essex, Nottingham and Oxford, David Tuck is a published author and regular contributor to Politics Review, as well as a teacher for A level Politics at a sixth form college in Lincolnshire. He has written numerous textbooks, published by Hodder Education. David lives in Stamford in Lincolnshire, England.