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Unformatted text preview: Text Analysis: John Stuart Mill, On Liberty Andrew Lai January 9 th , 2009 History 1401E In 1859, John Stuart Mill, a distinguished British philosopher, wrote On Liberty , an essay which epitomized the ideology of liberalism in the century replete with many contrasting viewpoints. 1 From conservatism to liberalism, nationalism to imperialism, the 19 th century was colloquially known as the century of isms, a humorous nickname for a century in which key thinkers moulded the many political and cultural ideas that would define the 19 th century. The liberalism of the 19 th century emphasized the principle that the liberty of the individual was integral to society and freedoms should be afforded to the individual without hindrance or hesitation. 2 In On Liberty , Mill repudiates the notion of the right of a government to control the thoughts and actions of the individual, in keeping with the traditional views of liberalism stressing the need for individual freedoms. Mills belief in egalitarianism dictates his conviction stressing the need for individual freedoms....
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