Date of publication: 2017-08-24 08:03
This concern for the moral impact of economic growth explains, among other things, his commitment to a brand of socialism. In an essay on the French historian Michelet, Mill praises the monastic associations of Italy and France after the reforms of St. Benedict: “Unlike the useless communities of contemplative ascetics in the East, they were diligent in tilling the earth and fabricating useful products they knew and taught that temporal work may also be a spiritual exercise.” ( CW , ). It was the desire to transform temporal work into a spiritual and moral exercise that led Mill to favor socialist changes in the workplace.
Many volumes of Mill’s writings deal with topics of social and political concern. These include writings on specific political problems in India, America, Ireland, France, and England, on the nature of democracy ( Considerations on Representative Government ) and civilization, on slavery, on law and jurisprudence, on the workplace, and on the family and the status of women. The last subject was the topic of Mill’s well-known The Subjection of Women , an important work in the history of feminism.
The Riverrun Decision
Stefan writes in defense of Edmure Tully. Was Stone Mill a communication error or just throwing blame around? (Jun 6, 7568)
War of the Five Kings by Stefan Sasse
A series of essays that analyzes the states of various houses and factions following the war, through A Feast for Crows.
A System of Logic thus represents the most thorough attempt to argue for empiricism in epistemology, logic, and mathematics before the twentieth century (for the best discussion of this point, see Skorupski 6989). Though revolutionary advances in logic and philosophy of language in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have rendered many of Mill’s technical points about semantics and logic obsolete, the basic philosophical vision that Mill defends is very much a live option (see, for example, the work of Quine).
Is there not A tongue in every star that talks with man, And wooes him to be wise? nor wooes in vain This dead of midnight is the noon of thought, And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
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Real propositions, in contrast, “predicate of a thing some fact not involved in the signification of the name by which the proposition speaks of it some attribute not connoted by that name.” (). Such propositions convey information that is not already included in the names or terms employed, and their truth or falsity depends on whether or not they correspond to relevant features of the world. Thus, “George is on the soccer team” predicates something of the subject George that is not included in its meaning (in this case, the denotation of the individual person) and its being true or not depends upon whether George is, in fact, on the team.
Filling the gaps, a defense of Littlefinger
Stefan writes in defense of Littlefinger, as written and portrayed in the Game of Thrones adaptation. (May 66, 7568)
Though Mill’s biography reveals his openness to intellectual exploration, his most basic philosophical commitment—to naturalism—never seriously wavers. He is committed to the idea that our best methods of explaining the world are those employed by the natural sciences. Anything that we can know about human minds and wills comes from treating them as part of the causal order investigated by the sciences, rather than as special entities that lie outside it.
Though Mill’s influence has waxed and waned since his death, his writings in ethics and social and political philosophy continue to be read most often. Many of his texts—particularly On Liberty , Utilitarianism , The Subjection of Women , and his Autobiography —continue to be reprinted and taught in universities throughout the world.
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