John Stuart Mill: A Biography by Nicholas Capaldi

By Nicholas Capaldi

Nicholas Capaldi's biography of John Stuart Mill strains the ways that Mill's many endeavors are comparable and explores the importance of his contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of faith, and the philosophy of schooling. Capaldi exhibits how Mill used to be groomed for his existence via either his father James Mill and Jeremy Bentham, the 2 so much widespread philosophical radicals of the early nineteenth century. Mill, even if, revolted in contrast schooling and built friendships with either Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Taylor Coleridge who brought him to Romanticism and political conservatism. a different characteristic of this biography is the eye dedicated to Mill's courting with Harriet Taylor. nobody exerted a better effect than the lady he used to be ultimately to marry. Capaldi unearths simply how deep her effect was once on Mill's pondering the emancipation of ladies. Nicholas Capaldi used to be till lately the McFarlin Endowed Professor of Philosophy and learn Professor of legislation on the collage of Tulsa. he's the founder and previous Director of felony reports. His crucial examine and instructing curiosity is in public coverage and its intersection with political technological know-how, philosophy, legislations, faith, and economics. he's the writer of six books, together with The artwork of Description (Prometheus, 1987) and the way to Win each Argument (MJF Books, 1999), over fifty articles, and editor of six anthologies. he's a up to date recipient of the Templeton beginning Freedom venture Award.

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Later, Mill was to have the full run of Bentham’s library. Although Mill could not have so understood it at such an early age, Defoe’s work was not merely the great epic of Protestant individualism that we all know; it was also a nostalgic look at the loss of Christian unity and paved the way for thinking about a new form of philosophical unity for Western culture. This is prophetic of Mill’s later life. Daily life at Ford Abbey also gives us a glimpse of the world in which Mill was raised. [ James] Mill is up between five and six.

Father and Son Despite the extraordinary amount of speculation to which Mill’s early life naturally gives rise, I am inclined to think that he is his own best storyteller. Mill was obviously precocious. If he appears overly modest about his quickwittedness, memory, and energy level, this can be attributed, as he himself pointed out, to his judging himself by unrealistically high standards. That he is perhaps overoptimistic about the potential of the average student does not invalidate his claim that such students could accomplish a good deal more if more were legitimately demanded of them.

Thereafter, the Mills visited every summer from  to . Until meeting Bentham, James Mill had carefully suppressed his resentment toward the system of aristocratic patronage that allowed lesser men than he to achieve eminence, even though he himself had been a recipient of patronage. ” These acknowledgments of a kind of discipleship would be repeated in Mill’s own later relationships with Carlyle and Comte, but with a very different outcome. I mention this issue of “discipleship” because some readers have inferred from Mill’s correspondence that he always needed to be directed by someone else.

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