John Stuart Mill Term Paper

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John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill 1806-1873 John had a teleological view of ethics. He is also known as the
1st advocate for women. Lived during the time of the Industrial Revolution. Born to a rich
man, he was the youngest, Mr. Mill retired after having John and deticated his life to
making John a genius. Mr. Mill home educated John all his life in hopes to create a
genius. Not once in Johns life at home was he able to leave the compound of his fathers
home. John had to educate his older brothers and sisters. At the age of 14 Johns standard
or intellect was very high. At 14 he was given the summer off and went to Paris with his
cousins. By the age of 15 Mr. Mill was inviting leading scholars in mathematics,
literature, science…and want John to prove to them that he knew more in that subject
than they did. The amazing thing is that he know more about those subject than the
scholars. At 21 he was a genius but had a breakdown. He was sent to a rest home where no
drugs where administered. It was merely a place for him to rest and relax. He was a very
left brained person with all the factual knowledge he had and this place allowed him to
explore the right side….poems, literature…Mr. Mills disowned John because he want a
genius and geniuses don't go crazy. When John gets out he is perfectly fine, still and
genius and sane at the same time. When John gets out he gets a job with the East India
Company. With all the knowledge John had he never taught. He worked all his life and did
philosophy for fun on the side. John was never mad at his father for what he did to him,
instead he was mad at his mother for allowing Mr. Mill mistreat John. Strangely enough
John becomes the first advocate for women. By 23 or 24 John meets a woman by the name of
Harriet Taylor. She is known as the wild woman of Europe and also a radical. Harriet was
married to a rich man whom she had total control over. Harriet was known to frequent the
men's clubs alone where she would drink and smoke. When she meets John she falls in love
and for about 20 years they would see each other while she was still married. When her
husband died they were together but she died soon after. Many believe she is the influence
to his woman's advocacy. John was a great writer and wrote 3 books. The first, On Liberty,
was an absolute defense for liberty. He cared greatly about independence and wrote about
it brilliantly. The second, The Subject of Women, is known as a man wrote the best book
written about women. One extreme point about this book was that he thought if women are
going to have children they need to stay at home until the children are able to care for
themselves. Mills basic opinion was to have the women go out and do something, get a job.
Not many women accepted this from John, many were not ready to hear such things. John said
all this time we have spent is wasted because we have not acknowledged have of the human
race for so long. That is half of the creativity we have missed out on. Many say Harriet
wrote the book, she didn't, but she definitely had an influence. Back then women had no
rights and were not able to own land. If a woman's husband died and she was left with his
money, she would have a year to remarry or her money will be given to the state and she
would be left with nothing. Things like this are what John tried to change. The third
book, Utilitarianism, is his opinion on ethics. John Mill got opinion of utilitarianism
from his godfather Jeremy Bentham. Jeremy was an investor and was good in accounting and
mathematics. He was not a religious man and believed that all people do in their lives is
seek pleasure. You seek for what you want and don't do what you don't want to do. This is
called Hedonism, where you believe the basis for ethics is purely pleasure, you do what
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