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MILL, John Stuart.

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Published: London John W. Parker and Son, 1859

Stock Code: 118755

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First edition, an excellent association copy linking two of the most important thinkers in the history of liberalism, from the library of the political philosopher and radical Thomas Hill Green (1836-1882), with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Green became an undergraduate at Balliol in 1855 and was soon thereafter elected a Fellow of the college (1860) and Whyte's Professor of Moral Philosophy (from 1878 until his death). Though he is in many ways Mill's intellectual successor, Green was also one of his fiercest critics: his Lectures on Mill, for example, strongly opposed Mill's observationalism and nominalistic logic. "Through his position at Oxford Green had an extraordinary influence in molding the ideas of a generation of English political leaders His social criticism had far wider repercussions, however, on the leaders of more radical movements. It is hardly too much to say that his social thought dominated the British Labour Party, in its non-Marxian divisions, down through G. D. H. Cole and Harold J. Laski; and Green was the chief influence in the early social philosophy of John Dewey in America Just as Stuart Mill's fight was all his life against the a priori institutionism of the impressive German thinkers, so Green's great fight was against 'empiricism', from his earliest essays to his posthumous Prolegomena to Ethics" (Randall, pp. 217-8).

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Octavo. Original purple cloth, rebacked preserving the original spine, boards panelled in blind, dark orange endpapers. With the 16-page publisher's catalogue to the rear.


Contemporary ownership inscription of Thomas Hill Green, "T. H. Green Ball[iol] Coll[ege]" and later inscription, "J. Silvester Davies, Pemb[roke] Coll[ege]" (likely Reverend John Silvester Davies, author of The History of Southampton, 1883), to the front free endpaper, numerous pencil annotations to the text. Cloth faded, spine relined and discreetly restored, corners bumped with some wear, hinges repaired, contents lightly toned, overall a very good copy.


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