John Stuart Mill and the Ethic of Human Growth

John Stuart Mill and the Ethic of Human Growth

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In this well-researched, comprehensive study of J.S. Mill, Professor Habibi argues that the persistent, dominant theme of Mill's life and work was his passionate belief in human improvement and progress. Several Mill scholars recognize this; however, numerous writers overlook his 'growth ethic', and this has led to misunderstandings about his value system. This study defines and establishes the importance of Mill's growth ethic and clears up misinterpretations surrounding his notions of higher and lower pleasures, positive and negative freedom, the status of children, the legitimacy of authority, and support for British colonialism. Drawing from the entire corpus of Mill's writings, as well as the extensive secondary literature, Habibi has written the most focused, sustained analysis of Mill's grand, leading principle.
This book will be useful to college students in philosophy and intellectual history as well as specialists in these fields.
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  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 157.5 x 243.8 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2001 ed.
  • X, 294 p.
  • 0792368541
  • 9780792368540

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: Introduction. 1. Introduction. 2. Mill's Conception of Human Growth. Part II: Values. 3. Mill's Moral Philosophy. 4. On Liberty: Positive and Negative. Part III: Applications. 5. Liberty, Paternalism, and the Status of Children. 6. Colonialism, Civilization, and Progress. Part IV: Conclusions. 7. Mill's Ethic of Human Growth: Criticism and Evaluation. 8. Mill on Growth: Summary and Conclusions. Index.
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