By Bruce Baum
In his canonical textual content, "On Liberty", the English thinker and social reformer John Stuart Mill (1806-73) checked out the bounds imposed via society and the nation on person freedom. Over 100 years later, Bruce Baum, in "Rereading strength and Freedom in J.S. Mill," indicates how very important facets of Mill's idea of freedom were misinterpreted. the writer recovers misplaced dimensions of Mill's idea, and in so doing, contributes to a severe sociology of freedom for our time.
Drawing on Mill's ideas on liberty and tool scattered all through his a variety of texts on similar topics, Baum strikes past what Mill has to claim approximately freedom in "On Liberty." Baum discovers a constant objective in the back of Mill's advocacy of women's rights, common suffrage, parliamentary and academic reforms, and employees' co-operatives. while Mill is often interpreted as an recommend of unfavorable liberty, Baum argues that Mill possesses a fancy conception of freedom that unifies the pursuit of non-public autonomy with the hunt for collective self-determination via an egalitarian, surely participatory democratic politics.
This insightful paintings strains new connections among Mill's liberalism and the later revisionist liberalisms of theorists equivalent to T.H. eco-friendly and John Dewey, in addition to among the liberal and socialist traditions. not just does it holiday new flooring in its demonstration of the complementary dating among freedom and tool, it's the first entire examine of Mill's social and political inspiration that heavily engages his feminism.