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Mill

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5088-0
224 pages
January 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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John Stuart Mill investigates the central elements of the 19th century philosopher’s most profound and influential works, from On Liberty to Utilitarianism and The Subjection of Women. Through close analysis of his primary works, it reveals the very heart of the thinker’s ideas, and examines them in the context of utilitarianism, liberalism and the British empiricism prevalent in Mill’s day.

• Presents an analysis of the full range of Mill’s primary writings, getting to the core of the philosopher’s ideas.
• Examines the central elements of Mill’s writings in easily accessible prose
• Places Mill’s work and thought within the larger cultural and social context of 19th century Britain
• Illustrates the continued relevance of Mill’s philosophy to today’s reader

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Acknowledgments.
Notes on Contributors.
Foreword: Cheryl Mwaria.
1. Introduction: The Writer in the Anthropologist: Maria D. Vesperi and Alisse Waterston.
Part I: Conceptions.
2. Speaking Truth to Power with Books: Howard Zinn.
3. Remember When Writing Was Fun? Why Academics Should Go On a Low Syllable, Active Voice Diet: Karen Brodkin.
4. The Bard: Carolyn Nordstrom.
5. Saggin’ and Braggin’: Lee D. Baker.
6. Stories for Readers: A Few Observations from Outside the Academy: Andrew Barnes.
Part II: Creations.
7. Writing Poverty, Drawing Readers: Stories in Love, Sorrow and Rage: Alisse Waterston.
8. Write‑ous Indignation: Black Girls, Dilemmas of Cultural Domination and the Struggle to Speak the Skin We Are In: Signithia Fordham.
9. Writing Truth to Power: Racism as Statecraft: Arthur K. Spears.
10. Remembering Octavia: Sharon Ball.
11. Believing in Anthropology as Literature: Ruth Behar.
Part III:  Receptions.
12. Walking in Zora’s Shoes or “Seek[ing] Out de Inside Meanin’ of Words”: The Intersections of Anthropology, Ethnography, Identity, and Writing: Irma McClaurin.
13. Off the Shelf and Into Oblivion?: Catherine Kingfisher.
14. “Don’t Use Your Data as a Pillow”: S. Eben Kirksey.
15. The Trope of the Pith Helmet: America’s Anthropology, Anthropology’s America: Micaela di Leonardo.
16. The Book that Wrote Me: Roger Sanjek.
17. Fighting Words: Paul Farmer.
18. Taking Chances: Maria D. Vesperi.
Index.
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Wendy Donner is Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University in Canada. She is a leading Mill scholar and the author of The Liberal Self: John Stuart Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy.

Richard Fumerton is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. A leading epistemologist, he is the author of numerous books, including Metaepistemology and Skepticism, Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth, Reason and Morality, and Epistemology.

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• Presents an analysis of the full range of Mill’s primary writings, getting to the core of his beliefs
• Examines the central elements of Mill’s writings in easily accessible prose, and looks in depth at his concept of uutilitarianism
• Places Mill’s work and thought within the larger cultural and social context of nineteenth-century Britain
• Illustrates the continued relevance of Mill’s philosophy to today’s reader
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"An outstanding introduction to Mill, at once accessible and engaging as well as scholarly and full of philosophical interest." –Roger Crisp, University of Oxford

"This is the most important book on Mill in the past ten years. I was overwhelmed by the depth of analysis and comprehensiveness of treatment." –Henry West, Macalester College

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