Review Of "The Cambridge Companion To Mill" Edited By J. Skorupski

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Skorupski has produced a worthy addition to the "Cambridge Companions" series of major philosophers. Fourteen distinguished scholars provide original essays covering all facets of J.S. Mill's philosophical thought: language and logic (Skorupski); mathematics (Philip Kitcher); scientific method (Geoffrey Scarre); phenomenalism and the self (Andy Hamilton); religion (Alan Millar); psychology and the moral sciences (Fred Wilson); utilitarianism (Wendy Donner); political economy (Jonathan Riley); culture (John Robson); democracy and socialism (C.L. Ten); and the subjection of women (Mary Lyndon Shanley). Skorupski adds an illuminating introduction that places Mill's "liberal naturalism" in context. T.H. Irwin explores Mill's relation to the classical world, Peter Nicholson discusses the reception of Mill's political thought, and Alan Ryan closes the collection with a typically thoughtful essay, "Mill in a Liberal Landscape." The contributors represent a "Who's Who" of Mill scholarship, and it is fortunate that their distilled reflections have been gathered in this convenient form. All the essays are reminiscent of Mill's own essays on Bentham, Coleridge, and Comte: they present a keen understanding, a deep appreciation, and yet level, penetrating criticisms. Highly recommended for all university libraries. Upper-division undergraduate; graduate; faculty.


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