An Introduction to John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill was an English philosopher who devoted his life to the cause of utilitarianism: the ethical vision that society should be governed in a manner that maximizes happiness for the greatest number. Mill was born May 20, 1806 in a London suburb. His father James was an important philosopher in his own right, collaborating with utilitarianism’s founder Jeremy Bentham and co-leading the Radicals movement in English politics, which promoted reason, industrialization, and democracy. James sought to turn John into a “genius intellect” capable of carrying the torch of utilitarianism…