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'Even for readers who think they know their Mill, this is a work that will refresh their understanding. It is the best introduction to Mill I have read.' The Philosophers' Magazine

'Why Read Mill Today? is a philosophical gem. John Skorupski answers the question of his title briefly, clearly, and persuasively. More remarkably still, he answers it in a way that illuminates Mill for the reader who has never read him, and yet should interest scholars who know Mill well.' - Peter Singer, Princeton University, USA

John Skorupski is one of the leading scholars of Mill and nineteenth century philosophy. Why Read Mill Today? is a marvelously concise, accessible, and engaging discussion of the moral and political philosophy of John Stuart Mill, one which both situates Mill's views in their historical context and probes their continuing significance.' - David Brink, University of California at San Diego, USA

‘John Skorupski brilliantly describes Mill's place in the great sweep of ideas from the nineteenth century until the present day, leaving the reader in no doubt as to Mill's continuing huge significance. This is an engaging, accessible, and exciting book, which anyone seriously interested in ethics, politics, and the history of ideas should read.' - Roger Crisp, St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK



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John Skorupski is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of John Stuart Mill (Routledge 1989), English Language Philosophy 1750-1945 (OUP 1993), Ethical Explorations (OUP 1999) and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mill (1995).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415377447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415377447
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jon G. Allen on May 26, 2014
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I bought this book in the old days (not long ago) when we had bookstores and I could browse the philosophy section. I bogged down in the middle of it; fortunately, I kept it. After reading Joshua Greene's extraordinary book, Moral Tribes, defending a refined version of utilitarianism, I went back to this little book. Skorupski's book lives up to its title. The importance of enlightened liberal thought is as great as ever. Skorupski gives us a masterful exposition and critique--well written, engaging, and concise. This inspiring little treatise provides an incentive to read Mill's original work, illuminated by contemporary developments in philosophy--perhaps as Skorupski intended.
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