John Stuart Mill Biography


(Critical Guide to Censorship and Literature)

Berger, Fred R. Happiness, Justice, and Freedom: The Moral and Political Philosophy of John Stuart Mill. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. A thorough evaluation of the moral and political contributions and implications of Mill’s utilitarianism.

Carlisle, Janice. John Stuart Mill and the Writing of Character. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991. A study of Mill’s life and thought in relation to ideas of virtue and character.

Crisp, Roger, ed. Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Mill on Utilitarianism. New York: Routledge, 1997. Helpful articles clarify Mill’s understanding of utilitarian philosophy.

Donner, Wendy. The Liberal Self: John Stuart Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1991. A carefully developed interpretation of the basic themes and arguments in Mill’s political philosophy and ethics.

Dworkin, Gerald, ed. Mill’s “On Liberty”: Critical Essays. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 1997. Noted Mill scholars address the perspectives, problems, and prospects contained in Mill’s famous study of liberty.

Lyons, David. Rights, Welfare, and Mill’s Moral Theory. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. Interprets how Mill understood human rights and responsible public policy within the framework of his utilitarianism.

Mazlish, Bruce. James and John Stuart Mill: Father and Son in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Basic Books, 1975. A thorough discussion of the entangled personalities and ideas of the two Mills.

Riley, Jonathan. Liberal Utilitarianism: Social Choice Theory and John Stuart Mill’s Philosophy. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988. A thoughtful discussion of Mill’s philosophy and its relationship to contemporary political and economic policy.

Skompski, John, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Mill. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998. Important essayists update the scholarship on Mill’s writings and the wide variety of themes that they contain.