Mill on what is Philosophical Radicalism

Radicals subscribed to Hartley’s metaphysics, namely, the view that the contents of our consciousness originate in experiences caused by externals objects (Empiricism) and associated in the mind by quasi-mechanical laws of the mind (associationism) Radicals asserted that our response to these external stimuli is guided by the desire to maximize pleasure and to minimize pain…

John Stuart Mill – Early Reading List

This list is from Capaldi, “John Stuart Mill, a Biography”. 1814 (8 years old) Thucydides sophocles’s Electra Euripides Phoenissae Aristophanes PLutus and the CLouds Demosthenes Philippics Cicero Oration for Archias, Anti Verres in latin: Aesop’s Fables Xenophon‘s Anabasis,[7] the whole of Herodotus,[7 Acquainted with Lucian, Diogenes Laërtius, Isocrates and six dialogues of Plato.[7] Math: Euclid…

On Liberty – Chapter 1 Summary – Introductory

On liberty was first published in 1859. In chapter 1, Mill tackles the following ideas: that the book is not about freedom of the will as understood by the philosophy of Necessity but about social liberty. that the struggle between liberty and authority is a very ancient one and has divided mankind since Greece and Rome….