John Stuart Mill: On Liberty

(1859)

John Stuart Mill (1806–1873), one of the leading intellectuals of Victorian Britain, is the author of On Liberty. When he published the book in 1859, he had already made his mark on the vital issues of the day with such books as A System of Logic (1843) and The Principles of Political Economy (1848). On Liberty has endured as perhaps his most popular work, principally for its memorable thesis: “The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. His own good, either...

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