‘Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Wellbeing.’ J.S. Mill and the Nineteenth-Century Liberal Individual

  • James Panton


In this chapter, Panton argues that the liberal-enlightenment model of the individual self reaches its apotheosis in the work of John Stuart Mill. Mill’s individual is not, however, the self-interested anti-social individual of other more classically liberal accounts, but a deeply socially engaged individual interested in the pursuit of truth and engaged in a project of development of the self which is necessarily also a process of the development of society as a whole. This individual is inevitably more robust than contemporary accounts of the individual self allow it to be.


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  • James Panton
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  1. 1.Magdalen College SchoolOxfordUK

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