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On Liberty

John Stuart Mill

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Mill, John Stuart. Autobiography of John Stuart Mill. New York: Columbia University Press, 1924.

Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism, On Liberty, Considerations on Representative Government. London: Everyman, 1993.

Skorupski, John (ed). The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

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Mill & Truth

by JustMeandMyBalls, December 06, 2013

In the last paragraph of the commentary there is a discussion of Mill's belief in the existence of truth. It is my opinion that the way this last paragraph was written does not adequately represent Mill's understanding of truth. The commentator confuses moral truth and utilitarian truth. The commentary assumes truth on the basis of simple right or wrong, but Mill was a utilitarian. I believe Mill's understanding of truth is one where the 'trueness' of an idea is weighed by its ability to serve the greater good. (The effectual utility that th... Read more

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