John stuart mill victorian firebrand

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John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard V. Reeves

The definitive life of John Stuart Mill, one of the heroic giants of Victorian England
 
Richard Reeves sparkling new biography can be read as an attempt to do justice to this eminent thinker, and it succeeds triumphantly. He reveals Mill as a man of action—a philosopher and radical MP who profoundly shaped Victorian society and whose thinking continues to illuminate our own. The product of an extraordinary and unique education, Mill would become in time the most significant English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay On Liberty, and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off weekly articles demanding Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on womens suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech, and opposed slavery—and, in his private life, for two decades pursued a love affair with another mans wife. To understand Mill and his contribution to his time and ours, Richard Reeves explores his life and work in tandem. The result is both a riveting and authoritative biography of a man raised by his father to promote happiness, whose life was spent in the pursuit of truth and liberty for all.
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John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves

Welcome sign in sign up. Packe published his Life in , 1 but a life in the round is overdue, and Reeves has done the job admirably. It was thought that his moral philosophy had been destroyed by G. His logic and philosophy of science had been relegated to the cabinet of historical curiosities. His astonishing education—he learned Greek at three, Latin at eight, logic and economics at twelve—was regarded as barely short of child abuse. The disciples of F.

He reveals Mill as a man of action—a philosopher and radical MP who profoundly shaped Victorian society and whose thinking continues to illuminate our own. The product of an extraordinary and unique education, Mill would become in time the most significant English thinker of the nineteenth century, the author of the landmark essay On Liberty, and one of the most passionate reformers and advocates of his revolutionary, opinionated age. As a journalist he fired off weekly articles demanding Irish land reform as the people of that nation starved, as an MP he introduced the first vote on women's suffrage, fought to preserve free-speech, and opposed slavery—and, in his private life, for two decades purs. Richard Reeves is a leading social and political commentator, writing regularly for the Guardian , New Statesman , Observer, and Prospect. Meticulously explored

It is a hard thing, being right about everything all the time. Nobody likes a know-it-all, and we wait for the moment when the know-it-all is wrong to insist that he never really knew anything in the first place. The know-it-all, far from living in smug superiority, has the burden of being right the next time, too. He led the fight for due process for detainees accused of terrorism; argued for teaching Arabic, in order not to alienate potential native radicals; and opposed adulterating Anglo-American liberalism with too much systematic French theory—all this along with an intelligent acceptance of the free market as an engine of prosperity and a desire to see its excesses and inequalities curbed. Mill was an enemy of religious bigotry and superstition, and a friend of toleration and free thought, without overdoing either.

The passions of John Stuart Mill.

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The "most open-minded man in England", Gladstone called him. Since his death in , much of his philosophy and economics has been absorbed or superseded, but On Liberty and The Subjection of Women, those two cornerstones of liberal thought, seem more resonant and provocative than ever. Whether the nation is fretting about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the wearing of the hijab or the rights of consenting adults to hammer nails through their genitalia - in short, wherever individual freedom is definedor defended - Mill is sure to be claimed by one side or another. During the debate on the ban on smoking in public places, Mill's…. Get The International Pack for free for your first 30 days for unlimited Smartphone and Tablet access. Already a member? Log in.

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  1. John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand [Richard Reeves] on harryandrewmiller.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The definitive life of John Stuart Mill, one of the.

  2. From his unusual childhood education to his climax as a leading intellectual of his day John Stuart Mill's biography is an intriguing one.

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