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About the Author
John Stuart Mill (1806-73) was educated by his father and through his influence obtained a clerkship at India House. He formed the Utilitarian Society which met to read and discuss essays, and in 1825 he edited Bentham’s Treatise upon Evidence. In 1826 he suffered an acute mental crisis and found that poetry helped him recover the will to live, particularly the work of Wordsworth. Having reconsidered his aims and those of the Benthamite school, he met Harriet Taylor and she inspired a great deal of his philosophy. They married in 1851. Utilitarianism was published in 1861 but before that Mill published his System of Logic (1843), Principles of Political Economy (1848) and On Liberty (1839). His other works include his classic Autobiography (1873). Mill retired in 1858 and became the independent MP for Westminster from 1865 to 1868. He spent the rest of his life in France and died in Avignon.
Table of Contents
I. Childhood, and Early Education
II. Moral Influences in Early Youth. My Father's Character and Opinions
III. Last Stage of Education, and First of Self-Education
IV. Youthful Propagandism. The Westminster Review.
V. A Crisis in My Mental History. One Stage Onward
VI. Commencement of the Most Valuable Friendship of My Life. My Father's Death. Writings and Other Proceedings up to 1840
VII. General View of the Remainder of My Life
Index of Personal Names
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In attempting to find an autobiographical account of some great thinker's mental development, at which stages primarly between childhood and adolescence, I fortuitously happened upon "Autobiography" by John Stewart Mill. In which he narrates so well, each successive phase of his intellectual development. In fact, a significant portion was commited to detail of both his early education and his adult self-education. I can say the substance of Mill's autobiography has principally satisfied a part of my search, as to how a proper thinker, from youth to adulthood, might come about. I strongly recommend
A model of romantic & Victorian autobiography, full of bonus insights into Enlightenment vs romanticism; political economy; Mill's own life & concerns; the symptoms of depression, together with one "existential" approach to its cure - plus of course the bizarre, slanted, yet singularly effective education of a very young JS Mill by his father, the formidable James Mill.