Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. William Stafford
    Pages 1-2
  3. William Stafford
    Pages 3-25
  4. William Stafford
    Pages 26-54
  5. William Stafford
    Pages 55-78
  6. William Stafford
    Pages 79-103
  7. William Stafford
    Pages 104-140
  8. William Stafford
    Pages 141-142
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 143-155

About this book


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was one of Britain's greatest philosophers and radical politicians, whose views had a profound influence on thinking on liberty, social policy and gender relations. William Stafford's accessible study outlines Mill's reputation from his lifetime to the present, together with a discussion of the major areas of his moral and political thought.

This book presents him as a consistent and engaged radical politician. In relation to Ireland and India, he argued that British rule could only be justified if it benefited its imperial subjects. While defending democracy, he thought subtly about its problems at a time when it was still an open question, an untried experiment. He advocated a non-paternalistic, non-welfarist form of socialism which combined community with self-reliance. He played a leading role in placing women's issues on the agenda - not only political and employment rights, but also male violence against and sexual exploitation of women, 'sexist' language and the oppressive construction of gender.


democracy economy employment gender John Stuart Mill liberty morality philosophy policy political thought social policy socialism Utilitarianism violence

Authors and affiliations

  • William Stafford
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldUK

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