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On Liberty and The Subjection of Women

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Two cornerstones of liberalism from the great social radical of English philosophy

John Stuart Mill was a prodigious thinker who sharply challenged the beliefs of his age. In On Liberty,one of the sacred texts of liberalism, he argues that any democracy risks becoming a "tyranny of opinion" in which minority views are suppressed if they do not conform to those of the majo
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Penguin Classics (first published 1869)
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Ke Huang
On Liberty

For the most part, the essay was clear, concise, logical and even at times (at least I found it) humorous. As a Chinese, I found the Chinese references quite interesting. I liked how it placed some emphasis on education.

Why wasn't it longer?

Subjection of Women

As someone who has experienced the treatment of women in Asia, Europe and America, I was surprised how insightful the tract was on the subject.

In my opinion, Mill does a great job acknowledging the view of his critics.
Ghadah Al_bariqi
Apr 17, 2012 Ghadah Al_bariqi rated it really liked it
This book has some essays on the origin and nature of subjection of women. How women could liberate themselves from patriarchal system and patriarchal thinking.
Edward
Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts


--On Liberty
--The Subjection of Women

Notes
Miriam
May 12, 2009 Miriam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, ideas, gender
Mill at his most sympathetic.
Vivian
Sep 03, 2013 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This earned four stars not so much because of its content or delivery, but because if it had not been available in this audio format I would never have been exposed to the these persons and their ideologies.

"Giants of Political Thought" is a series produced by Knowledge Products.
Summaries, quotes, excerpts, and biographical snippets are delivered by a narrator and voice actors. What I found to be very helpful was that they were placed within the context of their times.

I would benefit even more i
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Laurent
Jan 04, 2013 Laurent rated it it was amazing
For the five star rating to have any meaning, I have to reserve it only for books that have a lasting impact on me and have become a permanent formative text, and this is one of them. All reviews like this are subjective of course, but in my various political/philosophical explorations to clarify where I stood in the world, this is probably the closest I've come to a book that resonates almost entirely with how I think and feel. The one exception being that JS Mill didn't seem to approve all tha ...more
William
Jul 05, 2008 William rated it it was amazing
Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.

A prodigiously brilliant thinker who sharply challenged the beliefs of his age, the political and social radical John Stuart Mill was the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century. Regarded as one of the sacred texts of liberalism, his great work On Liberty argues lucidly that any democracy risks becoming a 'tyranny of opinion' in which minority views are suppressed if they do not conform with tho
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Anthony Nuccio
Apr 06, 2014 Anthony Nuccio rated it it was amazing
This book gives an excellent introduction to one of the most important thinkers and founders of classic liberalism, which is certainty different from contemporary progressivism. Those who consider themselves libertarian should definitely give this collection of Mill's two most important essays a read.
Paul
Dec 20, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
Two books in one.

On Liberty is the work that, more than any other, establishes the basis of modern Liberalism and I can certainly see why. Some of the writing style feels (inevitably) a bit dated, but the themes and principles discussed are as relevant now as they ever were - if not more so.

The Subjection of Women was published in 1869 and argues for equality between the sexes. In many ways, this essay takes the ideas established in On Liberty and applies them to an issue of the time. This alon
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Chris
Does anyone else feel sorry for John Stuart Mill, after all those years waiting for the woman he loved to be free, they finally get married, then she catches TB and dies.


I've read these before; I'm sure of it. This year, I decided to re-read them because of Mill's mention in a PBS special and in A History of Britain.

The surprising thing is that much of what Mill says, even the feminst tract is still current today. We are still debating freedom and gender. I don't know whether Mill would be groan
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Hala
Oct 04, 2013 Hala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, philosophy
This masterpieces teach us what does it mean to be Free.. I enjoyed reading each page in this book,

The Subjection of Women.. Sadly after all these years women still prefer to itemize themselves, most of them main concern is please society and others putting chains and restrictions on the freedom people like Mill fought for. Isn't sad that we still have the debates that started in Mill's times.

This book is a masterpiece, was written by a man who loved his woman dearly and the society restrictio
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Bailey
Jul 07, 2014 Bailey rated it liked it
Shelves: school, own, classics
2.5. Good information. Still relevant today. Just wasn't that interested in it. School read
Eva
Feb 14, 2012 Eva rated it really liked it
My review is for The Subjection of Women part of the collection which I read for Victorian Britain. Mill writes a fantastic argument for the inclusion of women in realms outside of the family and brilliantly tears down the arguments of those who oppose him. An absolutely essential book for those studying women's history or history in general.
Jennifer
Dec 31, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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Only read The Subjection of Women.
Emilie
Read only The Subjection of Women
Adam
Apr 05, 2011 Adam added it
I guess I hate myself? I guess not!
Evelyn
Apr 16, 2013 Evelyn rated it liked it
Only read On Liberty
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Oct 20, 2014 D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: feminists, philosophers, lovers of Victoriana
Recommended to D by: Laura Haigwood
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John Stuart Mill, British philosopher, political economist, civil servant and Member of Parliament, was an influential liberal thinker of the 19th century. He was an exponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham's.
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