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On Liberty and The Subjection of Women

John Stuart Mill - Author

Alan Ryan - Editor

Alan Ryan - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780141441474 | 304 pages | 24 Apr 2007 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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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 majority. The Subjection of Women, written shortly after the death of Mill’s wife, Harriet, stresses the importance of sexual equality. Together they provide eloquent testimony to the hopes and anxieties of Victorian England, and offer a trenchant consideration of what it really means to be free.

On Liberty remains a classic. . . . The present world would be better than it is if [Mill's] principles were more respected. (Bertrand Russell)