Educating Liberty

Educating Liberty

Democracy and Aristocracy in J.S. Mill's Political Thought

Chris Barker

Hardback
$105.00

University of Rochester Press

Overview

Overview

A comprehensive study of Mill's theory of liberty, uncovering Mill's solution to the problem of democracy, the tyranny of the majority
Alexis de Tocqueville famously identified the problem of democracy as the "tyranny of the majority," where the rule of the majority oppresses or marginalizes minorities and individuals. John Stuart Mill, perhaps more than any other liberal thinker, attempted to find a solution to this problem. In this study of Mill's political theory, Chris Barker shows how Mill's civic education transforms individuals into citizens who are free to form opinions, analyze arguments, and wield a power capable of moderating the irresponsible power of the ruling majority. Barker examines Mill's thought as it is applied to five prominent components of democratic life-marriage, economic participation, scientific expertise, representative politics, and religion-with particular emphasis on gender and economic reform. Barker concludes that Mill's interpretation of liberty is not well described as either negative or positive. Instead, liberty consists in the mental independence or thinking power of the educated individuals composing and challenging majorities.

CHRIS BARKER is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo.

An e-book version of this title is available (9781787443709), to libraries through a number of trusted suppliers. See here for a full list of our partners.

Details

November 2018
276 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580469227
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BIC JPA, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC POL010000, PHI019000, PHI016000
Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter   Pin it   Share by Email

Related Titles

The Empire of Habit

The Empire of Habit

Starting at: $80.00

Machiavelli's Gospel

Machiavelli's Gospel

Starting at: $24.99

The Philosopher's English King

The Philosopher's English King

Starting at: $34.95

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Educated Life
Aristocracy of Sex
Industrial Aristocracy
Expertocracy
Mass and Elite Politics
Democratic Religion
Conclusion and Applications
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Index