This is a current language version of John Stuart Mill’s classic 1859 essay – translating the work into modern English to improve its readability and understandability. The translation is substantive but retains original word order and grammar as far as possible.
Mill's main concern in the book is individual liberty. He argues that public authorities have no business restricting individual liberty except to prevent injury to others. However, he fully knows personal freedom is only a part of freedom: people live in societies and their personal liberty depends on (and contributes to) economic and political institutional freedom.
2. Liberty of thought and discussion
3. Individuality: One element of well-being
4. The limits to the authority of society over the individual
In this Broadview Edition, Colin Heydt provides a substantial introduction that will enable readers to understand better the polemical context for Utilitarianism. Heydt shows, for example, how Mill’s moral philosophy grew out of political engagement, rather than exclusively out of a speculative interest in determining the nature of morality. Appendices include precedents to Mill’s work, reactions to Utilitarianism, and related writings by Mill.