modifications, all. Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism. Of Toronto Press, 1961. If the contents of our minds, including beliefs and moral feelings, are products of experiences that we undergo connected according to very simple laws, then this raises the possibility that human beings are capable of being radically re-shapedthat our natures, rather than being fixed, are. Here for the most part Mill appears as the disciple of David Ricardo, striving after more precise statements and reaching forward to further consequences. This was a difficult path for a man of very modest resources to take; he and his wife Harriet (married 1805) lived without financial security for well over a decade. Journal of the History of Philosophy, vol. "The Subjection of Women" of 1869, apparently published late in life in order to avoid controversies that would lessen the impact of his other work, was thought to be excessively radical in Mill 's time, but is now seen as a classic statement of liberal. Inaugural Address. This doctrine tends to place much greater emphasis on social and political institutions like the family, the workplace, and the state, than does the doctrine that the nature of the mind offers strong resistance to being shaped by experience (i.e.
Narrative, Imagination, and the Religion of Humanity in Mill s Ethics. But he was determined that the new logic should not simply oppose the old logic. However, it was Mill 's essay "On Liberty" of 1859 that aroused the greatest controversy and the most violent expressions of approval and disapproval. ( Collected Works CW,.209). When we are evaluating whether or not an action is good by evaluating the happiness that we can expect to be produced by it, he argues that higher pleasures should be taken to be in kind (rather than by degree) preferable to lower pleasures. A strong feeling of obligation to the general happiness) by showing how such a feeling can develop out of the natural desire we have to be in unity with fellow creaturesa desire that enables us to care what happens to them and to perceive our. In 1823, at the age of 17, Mill chose (rather than take Anglican orders from the "white devil" in order to study at Oxford University or Cambridge University ) to follow his father to work for the British East India Company. John Stuart Mill and the Writing of Character. Justice is something we are especially keen to defend. In the realm of politics, the principle of utility served to bludgeon opponents of reform.