|John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)|
"A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." (John Stuart Mill, Dissertations and Discussions, vol.1 p. 26)BTW, the story goes that Mill has been some extraordinary child. By the age of three Mill started reading original Greek texts (as well as English). By eight years old he was reading Latin and had translated several works into English. By twelve he had completed an extensive study of classical literature, history, mathematics, and logic. Thus, it is little wonder that his natural genius flourished.
At yovisto, you might start listening to John Stuart Mills philosophical work with Prof. Ivan Szelenyi's lecture on 'Utilitarianism and Liberty, John Stuart Mill' from his lecture 'Foundations of Modern Social Theory':
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