At Variance: Father and Son

  • Kevin A. Morrison


This chapter revisits the extent to which John Morley’s rift with his father, which stemmed from his refusal to take holy orders, influenced his literary production. Instead of examining Morley’s writings as a means of assuaging the grief over his father’s rejection of him, or as being manifestly unconcerned with this personal rift at all, which are the two positions generally staked out by scholars, this chapter suggests instead that the breach with his father raised questions of moral philosophy to which Morley would continually return in his writings. The incident spurred a lifelong interest in the ethics of parent–child relationships.


Father/son relationships Religious unbelief John Stuart Mill 


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  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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