1st Edition

John Stuart Mill and Freedom of Expression The Genesis of a Theory

By K.C. O'Rourke Copyright 2001
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    The arguments advanced in the second chapter of On Liberty (1859) have become the touchstone for practically every discussion of freedom of speech, yet the broader development of John Stuart Mill's ideas concerning intellectual liberty has generally been neglected. This work attempts to fill that lacuna by looking beyond On Liberty, in order to understand the evolution of Mill's ideas concerning freedom of thought and discussion.

    INTRODUCTION; Part 1; Chapter 1 worthy successor; Chapter 2 The aftermath of the ‘mental crisis’; Chapter 3 Coleridgian agendas; Chapter 4 Joint productions?; Part 2; Chapter 5 On Liberty : the 1859 response; Chapter 6 Liberty, Equality, Fraternity; Chapter 7 On Liberty : recent interpretations; Chapter 8 Exceptions to freedom of thought and discussion; Part 3; Chapter 9 After On Liberty : from theory to reality; Chapter 10; Conclusion;


    K.C. O'Rourke, Ph.D. is an independent scholar who lives and works in London.

    '...it is clear that O'Rourke has performed a valuable service for Mill scholars everywhere. Alan Haworth, Political Studies Vol 50:2, June 2002