John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 87 pages of information about John Stuart Mill; His Life and Works.


I. A sketch of his life
H. R. Fox Bourne

II.  His career in the India house. 
W. T. Thornton

III.  His moral character. 
Herbert Spencer

IV.  His botanical studies. 
Henry Trimen

V. His place as A critic. 
W. Minto

VI.  His work in philosophy. 
J. H. Levy

VII.  His studies in morals and jurisprudence. 
W. A. Hunter

VIII.  His work in political economy. 
         J. E. Cairnes

IX.  His influence at the universities
Henry Fawcett

X. His influence as A practical politician
Millicent Garrett Fawcett

XI.  His relation to positivism
Frederic Harrison

XII.  His position as A philosopher
W. A. Hunter



John Stuart Mill was born on the 20th of May, 1806.  “I am glad,” wrote George Grote to him in 1865, with reference to a forthcoming article on his “Examination of Sir William Hamilton’s Philosophy,” “to get an opportunity of saying what I think about your ‘System of Logic’ and ‘Essay on Liberty,’ but I am still more glad to get (or perhaps to make) an opportunity of saying something about your father.  It has always rankled in my thoughts that so grand and powerful a mind as his left behind it such insufficient traces in the estimation of successors.”  That regret was natural.  The grand and powerful mind of James Mill left very notable traces, however, in the philosophical literature of his country, and in the training of the son who was to carry on his work, and to be the most influential teacher in a new school of thought and action, by which society is likely to be revolutionized far more than it has been by any other agency since the period of Erasmus and Martin Luther.  James Mill was something more than the disciple of Bentham and Ricardo.  He was a profound and original philosopher, whose depth and breadth of study were all the more remarkable because his thoughts were developed and his knowledge was acquired mainly by his own exertions.  He had been helped out of the humble life into which he had been born by Sir John Stuart, who assisted him to attend the lectures of Dugald Stewart and others at Edinburgh with a view to his becoming a minister in the Church of Scotland.  Soon finding that calling distasteful to him, he had, in or near the year 1800, settled in London as a journalist, resolved by ephemeral work to earn enough money to maintain him and his family in humble ways while he spent his best energies in the more serious pursuits to which he was devoted.  His talents soon made him friends, and the greatest of these was Jeremy Bentham.

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