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John Stuart Mill and His Practical Works

Our world becomes wider, our imagination richer and our life more colorful and zestful as a result of our companionship with the travelers of the spirit and the pioneers of thought.” (1960:1). The same is the case with renowned philosopher of Victorian times John Stuart Mill, who has left indelible imprints on the pages of history by dint of his intellect, valuable philosophical works, and theoretical frames. He had completed the profound and scrupulous reading of the prominent Greek, Roman, Latin, and English philosophers and intellectuals at a very young age. His father developed taste for learning and literature in him when he was only three years old. it is, therefore, he could easily read the original works of great classical thinkers and authors including Aesop, Lucian, Diogenes, Herodotus, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Laertius as well as contemporary authors like Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Jeremy Bentham, and others, in his early school years.His writings depict the vastness of his knowledge and acquaintance with the Classics as he describes differences of views among the philosophers on morality in his essays on Utilitarianism in these words: "Neither thinkers nor mankind at large seems nearer to being unanimous on the subject, than when the youth Socrates listened to the old Protagoras and asserted (if Plato’s dialogue is grounded on a real conversation) the theory of utilitarianism against the popular morality of the so-called sophist." (1853:2).His works and writings, full of classical allusions, regarding traditional thoughtfulness and contemporary updates, wide open various dimensions of vigilance and wisdom to the readers and students alike. “Mill’s contributions”, Zaidi writes, “to the political science, economics, and sociological theory, as well as social sciences, serve like a guiding star for the intellectuals, freedom-lovers, legislators, and torch-bearers of human rights in past, present and the future years to come as well.” (2004:128).

John Stuart Mill and His Practical Works