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MILL, John Stuart.

Nature, the Utility of Religion, and Theism.

Three Essays on Religion. Second edition.

London, Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1874 Stock Code: 120901
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Second edition, published posthumously and the same year as the first, of Mill's three striking essays containing his philosophy of religion. "Mill wrote Nature and Utility of Religion between 1850-58, whereas Theism was written between 1868-70, near the end of Mill's life. Nature is an analysis, and critique, of the theory of natural moral law. Utility of Religion is an exploration of the question whether supernatural religions, such as Christianity, are necessary for individual and social well-being. And Theism is Mill's examination of the scientific evidence for the main tenets of supernatural religion - the existence and attributes of God, immortality, and miracles - and the legitimacy of imaginative supernatural hope Mill's philosophy of religion, stated in the Three Essays, remains regrettably unknown today, and there has been little scholarly attention devoted to it, which is surprising given that his critique of supernatural religion and appropriation of it is essential for a full understanding of his moral theory, theory of human well-being, and his approach to social reform" (Macleod & Miller, p. 279).

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Octavo. Original green pebbled cloth, spine and boards lettered and ruled in gilt and black, brown endpapers.


Contemporary multi-coloured calligraphic gift inscription to first blank, the book having been presented to one John Marsden from the members of the Married Mens' Class of Strangeways Unitarian Free Church Sunday School, dated 6 January 1875. Extremities lightly rubbed, spine rolled, ends and corners bruised, inner joints skilfully repaired, otherwise a bright, clean copy.


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