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on 10 April 2017
Don't order this version if you need to read 'On Liberty' for academic purposes: it is simply the original 1859 copyright-free version, reprinted by Amazon to bolster their profits. There is no index, (a sure sign that it has been cheaply produced), and no details of the publisher or the publication date, making it absolutely useless as an academic reference source. The only hint that it is in fact produced by Amazon is some tiny writing at the very end of the book, stating 'Printed in Great Britain by Amazon.' Looking on the Amazon website, it states that the publisher is 'CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform'. Research shows this is a self-publishing company owned by Amazon. This is not indicated anywhere within the actual book. It is extremely annoying, and I will be returning mine. The one star rating is for the publisher, obviously not for Mill's text.
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on 8 September 2015
Mill does tend to adopt a fairly waffling prose, however if you want the basics of what it means to have individual liberty and in what ways that can be associated and lived in within a democracy than this is your book.

The chapters are laid out well but themes and thoughts are often repeated throughout, so have patience to find things that are new. In fact to get a broad overview of a chapter you can do this by reading the first and last paragraphs. This will miss several examples and illustrations in which he cements these ideas within history and in a way that may be useful to understand.

Having said this this is a pretty easy book to read, so if you are a beginner in philosophy or the subject of liberty and utilitarianism then this is perfect. What is especially good is the last chapter (5) which is just of applications which uses his theories and thoughts and applies them to practical instances. This is useful to get to grips the theory, and if you study philosophy a perfect thing to draw on when trying to explain and discuss Mill.
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on 25 November 2013
I really think this is an inspiring book. I wish that everyone would read it. Mill argues for liberty with skill and with, what for him, might be classed as passion. He takes every one of the democratic freedoms, of speech, of association, of movement and argues for each one. he shows the forms of tyranny and the more subtle ones as well such as that of mass public opinion against the deviant or the independant. His "If all the World but one,were of one opinion argument is well known but not well known enough.
To read Kill is to understand the value of argument and discussion as opposed to squabbling and fighting.
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on 1 March 2016
John Stuart Mill was the progenitor of modern liberalism and On Liberty was arguably Mill's magnum opus. The book, published in 1859, espouses the principles of individualism and utilitarianism. Highly recommended for anyone interested in political philosophy, politics or history.
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on 20 January 2016
Now, when liberty is so misunderstood and under threat from the forces of darkness, this is essential reading to appreciate our best exponent of the meaning of liberty and why it matters.The downside is the early victorian style of long sentences, paragraphs and flowery language.
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on 5 January 2017
On Liberty I like, this cheap and nasty reprint I do not - returned it lickety-split.
Was equally disappointed that The Cheshire Cat did not make an appearance.
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on 9 May 2013
This is the ultimate work on Liberty and Freedom by one of the ultimate free and critical thinkers.
It should be required reading in every secondary school and university.
It shows why people should be free to choose their own way, with as little outside interference as possible.
It is very readable and understandable.
Recommended+++
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on 30 July 2015
Given the recent attacks of charlie hebdo I felt like i needed some schooling in the importance of free speech and free expression. Utterly brilliant essay that illustrates the importance of not silencing any opinion no matter how radical or 'offensive'. It also highlights the way in which even when censorship of some horrible words and opinions sounds like human decency and social responsibility, this power that no-one has the right to wield could bestow some one not so decent and it can turn ugly very quickly.
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on 8 June 2014
A Classic. Nothing else need be said but for the imposition that there need to be a least a certain umber of words in a review. Now that I've reached said number I can end review here.
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on 13 April 2014
Justifications of persons' liberty and boundaries of that liberty in both of narrow personal and broad state perspectives.
It is strongly recommended for every lawyer or a any other social active person.
The problem of the book I found is the complexity of the language. One may easily get lost among parts of a single sentence.
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