On Liberty by Mill John Stuart
Mill predicted that 'the Liberty is likely to survive longer than anything else that I have written...because the conjunction of Harriet Taylor's mind with mine has rendered it a kind of philosophic text-book of a single truth which the changes progressively taking place in modern society tend to bring out in ever greater relief.' Indeed On Liberty is one of the most influential books ever written and remains a foundational document for the understanding of vital political philosophical and social issues. In addition to its many useful appendices this new edition includes a chronology bibliography and a substantial introduction which outlines Mill's life and works and sets this central work of 1859 in the context of both his own intellectual development and of the play of ideas and political forces in Victorian society. Please note: Broadview offers two separate editions of On Liberty. The Kahn edition is particularly relevant to readers who are interested in how the work is situated in the history of political philosophy whereas the Alexander edition is recommended to those most interested in the work's Victorian literary and social contexts.