Best known for reviving the tradition of classical liberalism, F. A. Hayek was also a prominent scholar of the philosopher John Stuart Mill. One of his greatest undertakings was a collection of Mill’s extensive correspondence with his longstanding friend and later companion and wife, Harriet Taylor-Mill. Hayek first published the Mill-Taylor correspondence in 1951, and his edition soon became required reading for any study of the nineteenth-century foundations of liberalism.
This latest addition to the Collected Works of F. A. Hayek series showcases the fascinating intersections between two of the most prominent thinkers from two successive centuries. Hayek situates Mill within the complex social and intellectual milieu of nineteenth-century Europe—as well as within twentieth-century debates on socialism and planning—and uncovers the influence of Taylor-Mill on Mill’s political economy. The volume features the Mill-Taylor correspondence and brings together for the first time Hayek’s related writings, which were widely credited with beginning a new era of Mill scholarship.
PART I. John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor: Their Friendship and Subsequent Marriage 1. Harriet Taylor and Her Circle (1830) 2. Acquaintance and Early Crises (1830– 1833) 3. On Marriage and Divorce (about 1832) 4. Friends and Gossip (1834– 1842) 5. The Years of Friendship (1834– 1847) 6. A Joint Production (1847– 1849) 7. John Taylor’s Illness and Death (1849) 8. Marriage and Break with Mill’s Family (1851) 9. Illness (1851– 1854) 10. Italy and Sicily (1854– 1855) 11. Greece (1855) 12. Last Years and Death of Mrs. Mill (1856– 1858) Appendix I Poems by Harriet Taylor Appendix II An Early Essay by Harriet Taylor Appendix III Family Trees PART II. Related Writings 13. John Stuart Mill at the Age of Twenty- Five 14. J. S. Mill’s Correspondence 15. The Dispersal of the Books and Papers of John Stuart Mill 16. J. S. Mill, Mrs. Taylor, and Socialism 17. Portraits of J. S. Mill 18. Preface to The Life of John Stuart Mill 19. Review of Mill and His Early Critics 20. Review of John Mill’s Boyhood Visit to France 21. Introduction to Considerations on Representative Government 22. Introduction to The Earlier Letters of John Stuart Mill, 1812– 1848 23. Related Correspondence