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Type: Conference paper
Title: 'Freedom in a determined world': 'John Stuart Mill's philosophical engagement with Robert Owen, and its effect on his politics'
Author: Goldstone, Alan Mark
Citation: Australian Political Studies Association Conference, 6 – 9 July 2008: pp.www1-22
Publisher: Australasian Political Studies Association
Issue Date: 2008
Conference Name: Australasian Political Science Association Conference (2008 : Brisbane, Australia)
School/Discipline: School of History and Politics : Politics
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Alan Goldstone
Abstract: This paper explores Mill’s and Owen’s incompatible conceptions of character and autonomy. Mill’s conceptions of autonomy and social liberty are indebted to his early opposition to the Owenites, who he debated several times in the 1820s as a member of the Utilitarian Society. Exploring Mill’s engagement with Owen’s idea of character can elucidate some alleged inconsistencies in his later essays. It can also enrich our understanding of Mill’s idea of autonomy, on which his defence of a sphere of ‘moral and intellectual liberty’ is based.
Description: Copyright © 2008 The Authors
RMID: 0020091519
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