John Stuart Mill : a biography



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Extensive notes on front and back endpapers and title page concerning John Stuart Mill's personality, family history, marriage, medical issues, philosophical influences, publications, and political beliefs. Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. Examples include: “father's strong will,” “aristocrats and the rich,” “devastating critique of Bentham,” “logic attracted followers,” “fatal break with family,” “reclusive existence,” and “National Society for Woman's Suffrage.” Lamb asks: “What were his feelings about the 'dangers of democracy'?” “When was Mill's autobiography published?” Lamb reproduced the following quote from the text: “'The most serious danger to the future prospects of mankind is in the unbalanced influence of the commercial spirit.'”


Capaldi, Nicholas, “John Stuart Mill : a biography,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed December 3, 2022,


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John Stuart Mill : a biography


Capaldi, Nicholas


Program air date: April 4, 2004.


Nicholas Capaldi's biography (no competitor is currently in print) traces the ways in which Mill's many endeavors are related and explores the significance of Mill's contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of education. He shows how Mill was groomed for his role in life by both his father, James Mill, and Jeremy Bentham, the two most prominent philosophical radicals of the early nineteenth century. Yet Mill revolted against this education and developed friendships with Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who introduced him to Romanticism and political conservatism. "A special feature of this biography is the attention devoted to the relationship with Harriet Taylor. No one exerted a greater influence on Mill than the woman he was eventually to marry. Nicholas Capaldi reveals just how deep her impact was on Mill's thinking about the emancipation of women. Clarifying this relationship helps to explain why Mill was concerned not only with such issues as the franchise and representation, but also with a fundamental concept of personal autonomy that became pivotal to his thought." "There has never been a serious attempt to set out the interconnections of Mill's thought in this manner. Moreover, this biography presents the private life as both a reflection and an instantiation of ideas and values - a life so constructed as to be a Romantic work of art."--Jacket.


"Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873."


Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


Cambridge University Press
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives


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