John Stuart Mill A Biography Synopsis
Nicholas Capaldi's biography of John Stuart Mill traces the ways in which Mill's many endeavours are related and explores the significance of Mill's contribution to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of education. He shows how Mill was groomed for his life by both his father James Mill, and Jeremy Bentham, the two most prominent philosophical radicals of the early nineteenth century. Yet Mill revolted against this education and developed friendships with both Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who introduced him to Romanticism and political conservatism. A special feature of this biography is the attention devoted to his relationship with Harriet Taylor. No one exerted a greater influence than the woman he was eventually to marry. Nicholas Capaldi reveals just how deep her impact was on Mill's thinking about the emancipation of women.
John Stuart Mill A Biography Press Reviews
Review of the hardback: 'The weaving together of ideas with accounts of personal life and historical events brings to life Mill's views, makes his ideas more engaging and is a particularly effective way of securing a deeper understanding of both the man and the values and interests which dominated his life.' C. L. Ten, The National University of Singapore Review of the hardback: 'This is a new interpretation of Mill, based on deep research and wide reading and one that will shape future generations' understanding of the man and his works.' Contemporary Review Review of the hardback: '... an engaging book that gives a rounded picture of Mill as person and thinker. ... It gives us a readable and carefully documented retelling, enlivened with well-chosen and often even comical detail ... The task of giving a readable account of someone as deeply inward as Mill is a real challenge, and Capaldi meets it ...' Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences Review of the hardback: '... fine intellectual biography ... a very high standard ...' The Heythrop Journal A very welcome new intellectual life of Mill, which gives full weight not just to his philosophical and technical writing but also to his status as a public intellectual. The highly readable biography is particularly illuminating about Mill's status within nineteenth-century theories of the place of the creative artist and the imagination, and it gives extended and thoughtful treatment to his intellectual and personal relationship with Harriet Taylor. Kate Flint, Studies in English Literature ...solidly grounded, briskly argued...a considerable achievement. Nicholas Capaldi is a deft commentator. John Stuart Mill is a good and persuasive book. Alan Ryan As a work of biography, it succeeds in forcefully presenting Mill as a theorist concerned above all with defending liberal culture in general, and highlights the absolute centrality of individual autonomy to that defense. Metapsychology Online Capaldi has succeeded nicely in bringing together Mill's life and Mill's ideas - his theories and his values - , illuminating both. This study is recommended for anyone with an interest in the man and his thought. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Mill scholars and students of 19th-century thought and English Romanticism will find this biography engrossing. The New York Sun It is solidly grounded, briskly argued, and agreeably free from the sound of grinding axes. New York Review of Books Capaldi's intellectual biography passes, with flying colors, the important test for the success of a biography: after reading it, I have both a sense of having learned a great deal and a desire to learn more about the part of history that both influenced and was influenced by John Stuart Mill. P.A. Woodward, The Review of Metaphysics