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British philosopher, political theorist, political economist, civil servant


John Stuart Mill served as a Member of Parliament. He was considered an influential classical liberal thinker of the 19th century. His notable ideas include public/private sphere, hierarchy of pleasures in Utilitarianism, liberalism, early liberal feminism, first system of inductive logic, harm principle.

John Stuart Mill Info

Full NameJohn Stuart Mill
Date of BirthMay 20, 1806
Place of BirthPentonville, London, England
InfluencedWilliam James, John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Bertrand Russell, Karl Popper, Ronald Dworkin, H.L.A. Hart, Peter Singer, Wilhelm Dilthey, Paul Feyerabend, Zechariah Chafee, John Maynard Keynes, Will Kymlicka, Carlos Vaz Ferreira
Date of deathMay 8, 1873
Place of deathAvignon, France
Era19th-century philosophy, Classical economics
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolEmpiricism, utilitarianism, liberalism
Main InterestsPolitical philosophy, ethics, economics, inductive logic
Notable Ideaspublic/private sphere, hierarchy of pleasures in Utilitarianism, liberalism, early liberal feminism, harm principle, Mill's Methods
Influenced byPlato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, Bentham, Francis Place, James Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, Smith, Ricardo, Tocqueville, von Humboldt, Goethe, Coleridge, Saint-Simon (Utopian Socialists)
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 A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury. 
— John Stuart Mill
 Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. 
— John Stuart Mill
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 Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives. 
— John Stuart Mill
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 If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind. 
— John Stuart Mill
 Indeed the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into common places, but which all experience refutes. 
— John Stuart Mill

 No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought. 
— John Stuart Mill
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 One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests. 
— John Stuart Mill
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 War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. 
— John Stuart Mill
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