Philosopher of the month: John Stuart Mill [timeline]

This April, the OUP Philosophy team honors John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) as their Philosopher of the Month. Among the most important philosophers, economists, and intellectual figures of the
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This April, the OUP Philosophy team honors John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) as their Philosopher of the Month. Among the most important philosophers, economists, and intellectual figures of the nineteenth century, today Mill is considered a founding father of liberal thought. A prolific author, Mill’s collected works encompass thirty-three volumes ranging in subject from philosophy to social issues and beyond. Born in London and educated by his father James Mill, an economist and prominent member of a utilitarian group called the Philosophic Radicals, John Stuart was raised in the intellectual tradition of his godfather, utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Mill’s Principles of Political Economy, which promoted the concept of free enterprise while maintaining an awareness of the market’s failure to maximize utility, was the leading textbook in the field for over 40 years. Mill’s On Liberty bases individual freedom on utilitarian values rather than natural right, arguing that the only. . .

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