On Liberty and Other Essays

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 592 pages
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John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) wrote his most controversial work, On Liberty in 1859, the year in which Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species was also published. On Liberty contains a rational justification of the freedom of the individual in opposition to the claims of the state to impose unlimited control, and has become a classic of libertarian philosophy. Warning against the tyranny of the majority, this treatise argues that in the past the danger had been that monarchs held power at the expense of the common people and the struggle was one of gaining liberty by limiting such governmental power. But now that power has largely passed into the hands of the people at large through democratic forms of government, the danger is that the majority denies liberty to individuals, whether explicitly through laws ... or more subtly through morals and public opinion. For further information on the series and the opportunity to take part in an open forum with the author please go to our new brieflys website at "http://www.scmbrieflys.co.uk/"
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTORY
5
OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION
20
OF INDIVIDUALITY AS ONE OF THE ELEMENTS
62
OF THE LIMITS TO THE AUTHORITY OF SOCIETY OVER
83
APPLICATIONS
104
UTILITARIANISM
136
in OF THE ULTIMATE SANCTION OF THE PRINCIPLE
159
OF WHAT SORT OF PROOF THE PRINCIPLE OF UTILITY
168
OF THE INFIRMITIES AND DANCERS TO WHICH
285
vu OF TRUE AND FALSE DEMOCRACY REPRESENTATION
302
OP THE EXTENSION or THE SUFFRAGE
326
SHOULD THERE BE Two STAGES OF ELECTION?
346
PARLIAMENT?
373
XIH OF A SECOND CHAMBER
384
xjv OFTHE EXECUTIVE IN A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
393
OF LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE BODIES
411

ON THE CONNECTION BETWEEN JUSTICE AND UTILITY
176
GOVERNMENT
205
THE CRITERION OF A GOOD FORM OF GOVERNMENT
217
THAT THE IDEALLY BEST FORM OF GOVERNMENT
238
UNDER WHAT SOCIAL CONDITIONS REPRESENTATIVE
257
BODIES
269
OF NATIONALITY AS CONNECTKD WITH
427
xvn OF FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENTS
435
xvm OF THE GOVERNMENT OF DEPENDENCIES BY A FREE
447
Explanatory Notes
583
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About the author (1991)

John Gray is at Jesus College, Oxford and Research Fellow at Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green, Ohio.

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