John Stuart Mill was, without question, a philosopher who was far ahead of his time. An intelligent and introspective deep thinker, what separated Mill from many of his philosophical contemporaries was his deep feelings of compassion for others. At times when it certainly was not popular nor “politically correct” to do so, John Stuart Mill spoke out in defense of women’s rights and against the cruel and horrible wrongs of slavery.
Born in Pentonville, London, England in 1806, John Stuart Mill was a strong and hugely influential contributor to both social and political theory. A stong believer in utilitarianism, the ethical theory that was created by Jeremy Bentham, Mill is thought by a great many number of historians to be the number one most influential English speaking philosopher in the entire nineteenth century. In addition to his work philosopher and political economist, Mill served as a member of the British parliament and played a very important and influential role in shaping the liberal political philosophy of his time.
John Stuart Mill’s philosophy very strongly recognized the importance of and supported the freedom of the individual in opposition to the strength and power of the state. Read the rest of this entry »