Maggie Morris Dr. Cummings FYS 125 October 25, 2007 On Liberty Chapter Two 1. Who is the author? a. The author of this work is John Stuart Mill. Mill was born in on May 20, 1806 in Pentonville, which is an area of London. Mill was the eldest son of the Scottish philosopher and historian James Mill. He was a British philosopher, political economist, civil servant, and Member of Parliament. The works of Alexis De Tocqueville were very influential to Mill. He was an advocate of utilitarianism, much like his godfather Jeremy Bentham, however his interpretation was very different. He was so greatly influenced by him because he was one of his mentors and teachers. His father, with the help of friends, taught John Stuart himself in a very rigorous manor. 2. What are the main themes of this work? a. One of the major themes of this work is the theme of free speech. Mill believes that everyone is entitled to his or her own form of self-expression and that no one, either the government or an individual should limit them. He argues that the opinions of those people who are suppressed may be
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