John Stuart Mill Writing Styles in On Liberty

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Perspective

The author's perspective is that of Victorian England. He was raised into a rather prominent family with some very strong values. England was feeling the influence of Jeremy Bentham who was a major player in a reform movement of liberalism within England.

He writes the book with what is a limited form of objectivity. He is objective in that he is writing about truth and knowledge rather than about preferences and opinions. The tone is somewhat objective. The reason it is limited is that he is self-aware that he is writing from a contextualized situation. Further, while it is the truth he is most interested in he also realizes that he is writing from a particular ideological, political and social standpoint and that his view is not the only one that can functionally exist. He is however, quite concerned with which one is the best. As such, the...

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