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SOAN 2112 Lecture Notes - John Stuart Mill, The Subjection Of Women, On Liberty


Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course Code
SOAN 2112
Professor
Linda Hunter

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January 25, 2013 SOAN 2111/2 L. HUNTER
Harriet Taylor (1807) AND John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
Background
- Taylor’s and Mill’s were Unitarians = politically liberal
o Both sympathetic to many causes
o Emphasize freedom and tolerance and religious belief, and the
economy of congregations
- Harriet Taylor was married and had children, and was perplexed by many
philosophical questions and her husband could not discuss them with me
- Still married to Taylor how to think, not what to think but how
- Socrete’s gave us a method by which to dvelop a very clear thinking mind
o Mill said we need to have more ways of thinking
- Taylor influences Mill on The Subjection of Women
o and providing the leading ideas of Mill on the great idea of liberty
- Mll and Taylor also very mnuch interested in the freedom of women and the
liberty for all
- How to free many without suppressing few was the question of Mill and
Taylor’s academic union
- Her first husband died (taylor’s)
- Mill and Taylor Mill died enroute to their honeymoon of congestion
- Mill parliament in 1867 trying to get women to vote spoke about violence
against women and rights for women
o Taylor was more the radical analysis in the articles the two wrote
together
- Mill claimed teat Harriet was the sole author of Dissertations and Discussions
and the joint author of Principles of Political Economy and On Liberty
- Her husband Mr. Taylor (the one who died) for bayed her to be recognized as
an author because that just wasn’t done
- Mill dedicated a whole thing to Harriet Taylor which made Mr. Taylor upset
when he was alive
METHODOLOGY
- Mill and Taylor took great pains and on liberty to use inclusive language (not
mankind, not using the word ‘he’)
- Mill realized that most men could not even imagine living with an ‘equal’
- Taylor was a main source of Mill’s own feminism
- In the tradition of Locke- Mill said our ideas have nothing but our past
experience put into them
- Prediction would be less exact in the moral than the physical
- Historical explanation subject to general laws interested in laws, stats, the
effect of a given cause
- Interested in laws to determine effect of a given cause such as the abolition of
the monarchy, or the introduction of universal suffrage
- A system argues that people were shaped by external conditions, but also
influenced them people shaped by external conditions of society but
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