John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life

Isaiah Berlin

in Liberty

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199249893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598807 | DOI:
John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life

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This lecture explored the tension between liberty and one view of knowledge. Berlin presented Mill not only as an exponent of determinism and an associated consequentialism, but also as someone who came to recognize that this doctrine did not fit the facts of experience, and who emphasized, especially, free choice and the importance of negative liberty in society.

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; consequentialism; determinism; free choice; John Stuart Mill; negative liberty

Chapter.  14628 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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