On Socialism

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2009 - Political Science - 100 pages
One of the foremost figures of Western intellectual thought in the late 19th century, John Stuart Mill offered up examinations of human rights, personal and societal rights and responsibilities, and the striving for individual happiness that continue to impact our philosophies, both private and political, to this day. At the time of his death in 1873, Mill was planning a comprehensive critique of 19th-century socialism: he died before he could write much toward this project. But a few introductory chapters survived. First appearing in published form in the Fortnightly Review in early 1879, these writings explore Mill's ideas on the socialist objections to 19th-century society, the difficulties of socialism, concepts of private property, and more. English philosopher and politician JOHN STUART MILL (1806-1873) served as an administrator in the East Indian Company from 1823 to 1858, and as a member of parliament from 1865 to 1868. Among his essays on a wide range of political and social thought are Principles of Political Economy (1848), Considerations on Representative Government (1861), and The Subjection of Women (1869).
 

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Contents

Introductory
Socialist Objections to the Present Order of Society
The Socialist Objections to the Present Order of Society Examined
The Difficulties of Socialism
The Idea of Private Property not Fixed but Variable
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John Stuart Mill, Classical economist, was born in 1806. His father was the Ricardian economist, James Mill. John Stuart Mill's writings on economics and philosophy were prodigious. His "Principles of Political Economy, With Some of Their Applications to Social Philosophy," published in 1848, was the leading economics textbook of the English-speaking world during the second half of the 19th century. Some of Mill's other works include "Considerations on Representative Government," "Auguste Comte and Positivism," "The Subjection of Women," and "Three Essays on Religion." John Mill died in 1873.

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