Item #: 10668
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2002.
Subjects: POLITICAL SCIENCE
Influenced by the Utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham,Mill adopted a modified laissez-faire position, believing inthe efficiency of free enterprise, but aware of the frequentfailure of the market to maximize utility. Later refiningthis stance, he argued that the promotion of happiness is amoral duty (though he made a clear distinction betweendesirable and undesirable forms of pleasure). These ideashad a decisive influence on Mill's classic 1859 essay,perhaps the most celebrated defense of individual freedomand "self-protection" to appear in English based onutilitarian values rather than natural right. Cannon,Oxford Companion to British History 643. Printing and theMind of Man 345. Dictionary of National Biography XIII 390-399. Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.
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