John Stuart Mill – Philosopher And Advocate Of Womens Rights-agogoktv

Politics Rarely in history has there been, literally, a philosopher born to match John Stuart Mill. Born in 1806, Mill was himself the son of a philosopher, Scottish historian James Mill. In fact, James associated with some of the most revolutionary thinkers of his time and intended for John to continue his work on Utilitarianism (which he developed with Jeremy Bentham and Frances Place) after he had passed away. To gain this end, John Stuart Mill had a very focused, if somewhat limited, upbringing. He was kept away from other children his age, and his father began educating him quite early (he had learned Greek by the age of three). Mills fathers plans certainly turned out a first rate mind, but whether or not John Stuarts version of Utilitarianism was the same as his fathers is debatable. Certainly Mill supported the theory, but he conceived it in a vastly different form than that envisioned by Bentham and others. One of the major influences of Mills life occurred when he was fourteen, when he went to stay in France and began to be exposed to ideas other than those strictly adhered to by his father. In France, he was to become quite involved with members of the Liberal party. Mills own career would be sharply influenced by Liberal philosophies on issues including slavery, the environment, and of course womens rights. It would be remiss not to mention the impact of Millers wife Harriet Taylor in an article on his contributions to womens rights. Stuart married Taylor after a friendship that had lasted for 21 years. Taylor herself was a brilliant thinker, and before her death seven years after their wedding day, helped to solidify Stuarts thoughts and ideas in regards to womens rights. Stuarts main contributions to the cause of womens rights would come in his publications The Subjection of Women and On Liberty, as well as his many speeches in Parliament, which chiefly centred on female suffrage. Mills ideas were largely developed out of his passionate campaign against slavery; he argued that like slaves, women simply could not be subjected to the whims of men if society was to continue develop. He stated that a fear of a manly woman would lead to unmanly men, and thus that women should receive all of the same privileges as men. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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