1st Edition

J. S. Mill’s Journal and Notebook of a Year in France, May 1820-July 1821
A Complete Edition with A Facsimile Reprint of the Rediscovered Notebook of John Stuart Mill in Kwansei Gakuin University and Transcribed Text, Annotation and Comparative Studies

Edited By

Inoue Takutoshi

ISBN 9781138023895
Published October 6, 2014 by Routledge
308 Pages

USD $325.00

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Book Description

The Kwansei Gakuin University obtained a notebook of John S. Mill’s sojourn in France (1820-21) in February 2001. This notebook consists of diary entries dated from July 20 to September 15, 1820 and miscellaneous notes. One remarkable feature of this notebook is its inclusion of the entries dated from August 3 to 9, that are missing from both the Journal in the British Library collection and the notebook in the St. Andrews University Library collection.

The book reproduces the entries of this week-long blank, and in doing so, presents a picture of John S. Mill’s life in this week. According to these entries, his French language, French literature, chemistry, zoology, metaphysics, logic, mathematics and other lessons continued right up until August 9, the day before his departure on a trip to the Pyrenees. He not only read books and studied French as before but also wrote an essay about "dialogue on government." Finally, the book presents a complete version of John S. Mill’ sojourn in France (1820-21), providing scholars for the first time with the information of Mill’s life and the education he received during those years.

Table of Contents

1) Introduction

2) Editorial Notes and Acknowledgements

3) Facsimile Reproduction of the Notebook in Kwansei Gakuin University Library

4) Transcribed Text of the Notebook with Annotations

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Takutoshi Inoue is Professor at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan.


"There is a very useful short introduction written by Professor Inoue and many very helpful notes. This is a most welcome publication to which everyone interested in having the full available record of one of J. S. Mill’s most formative experiences must turn."

Georgios Varouxakis, Queen Mary University of London, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought


"Anyone who spends time in archives will feel the familiar excitement of opening the facsimile edition and seeing the handwriting of the subject of interest, shortly followed by the frustration of not being able to read much of it. This edition has the advantage of a transcription and annotation of the notebook, for which we owe the editor, Takutoshi Inoue, a debt."

Evelyn L. Forget, University of Manitoba, The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought