MILL, John Stuart.

O zasadzie uzytecznósci (Utilitarianizm).

Przeklad z angielskiego upowazniony przez autora.

Warsaw: Przeglad Tygodniowy, 1873 Stock Code: 119395

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First edition in Polish of Mill's Utilitarianism (first, 1863), his important "definition of Utilitarianism, and a defence of the philosophy expressed by it" (MacMinn, et al.) The translator was the positivist philosopher, publicist, and jurist Feliks Bogacki (1847-1916). As stated on the title page, this Polish edition was authorized by Mill. Mill had been following closely the events in Poland of the 1860s, as his "Letter on Poland", published in the Penny Newsman for March 15 1863, demonstrates. It is "a discussion of the insurrectionary movement in Poland which, Mill maintains, is designed to return the lands to the peasants; it is popular in origin; and is, because it is a revolution, indicative of the commencement of a new era in the downtrodden countries of Europe" (MacMinn, Hainds & McCrimmon, p. 94).

"Western liberalsparticularly English liberalswere extolled by many in Warsaw in the late 1860s and 1870s, but when their work was translated, it was repositioned within a specifically Polish debate Adam Wislicki, the editor and publisher of the positivist's organ, The Weekly Review, (Przeglad tygodniowy), hoped to shift attention away from 'high politics' (the 'abstract' problems of international diplomacy or the conflicts of ruling elites) and towards 'little politics' (the newest methods of raising sheep, spreading literacy, financing higher education, and building railroads)'" (Brian A. Porter, "The Social Nation and its Futures: English Liberalism and Polish Nationalism in Late Nineteenth-Century Warsaw", The American Historical Review, vol. 101, No. 5, December, 1995, pp. 1470-7).

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Duodecimo (137 x 100 mm), pp. 132. Bound with 3 other works in contemporary roan-backed pebbled cloth, spine ruled and lettered in black.


Ownership initials M.D. stamped at foot of spine. Last 2 leaves bound in twice; a very good copy.


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