By Linda C. Raeder

 

John Stuart Mill and the faith of Humanity introduces fabric that calls for major reevaluation of John Stuart Mill’s contribution to the advance of the liberal culture. via his impression, the unconventional anti-Christianity of the French culture was once included into the Anglo-American political culture. Mill’s nontheological utilitarianism additionally concerned the both vital insinuation of Comtean “altruism,” with its suggestion of the prevalence of social morality over own morality, into Anglo-American recognition. Linda C. Raeder’s learn conscientiously examines the character of recent secular liberalism, the manager political service of the Millian kind of secular religiosity within the American context.
Raeder explores the effect of James Mill, Jeremy Bentham, Claude-Henri Saint-Simon, and Auguste Comte on John Stuart Mill’s non secular notion and goals. She treats Mill’s Three Essays on Religion, discusses his participation within the Mansel controversy, and gives a brand new interpretation of On Liberty and Utilitarianism, either one of which have been an important tools within the accomplishment of his non secular mission.
            Raeder contends that Mill’s spiritual target used to be two-pronged—the undermining of Christian trust and the institution of the allegedly more suitable social morality and spirituality embodied within the “Religion of Humanity” that he followed, with revisions, from Comte. Mill meant his philosophical writings to help within the consciousness of this goal, and so they can't accurately be comprehended with no an understanding in their subterranean spiritual theme.
            John Stuart Mill and the faith of Humanity examines the spiritual concept and aspirations of the thinker and indicates that, opposite to the normal view of Mill because the prototypical secular liberal, spiritual preoccupations ruled his suggestion and based his endeavors all through his existence. For a formal appreciation of Mill’s notion and legacy, the intensity of his animus towards conventional transcendent faith has to be well-known, in addition to the seriousness of his motive to came upon a nontheological faith to function its replacement.

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