This is the Table
Of Contents (TOC) of this html-edition of Mill's On Liberty.
This follows the
edition in Harvard Classics of 1909, that has been put on line in 1993
with the following comment that I quote in full:
"About the online edition.
This was scanned from the
1909 edition and mechanically checked against a commercial copy of the
text from CDROM. Differences were corrected against the paper edition.
The text itself is thus a highly accurate rendition. The footnotes were
This text is in the PUBLIC
DOMAIN, released September 1993.
Prepared by <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Further enhanced and converted into HTML by Jon Roland of the Constitution Society."
In the above I
added the link to the Constitution
Also, I converted
the edition to the format of my site, and divided it into its five
chapters as five separate files.
The text I used
is otherwise unchanged, while the paper text I presuppose is H.B.
Acton's 1972-edition of "On Liberty". This paper edition I used for my
notes, but I did not compare it carefully with the html-version I use.
The full reference is:
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism, On
Liberty and Considerations on Representative Government Edited
by H.B. Acton (ISBN 0 460 11482 4).
This is in
Everyman's Library, with selections from additional texts by Mill, and
seems a good buy if you are interested in Mill at all.
The texts that follow have
many links, and come all with a group of usually four arrows at the
beginning and the end of each text, that look thus:
These have in general the following effect when clicked:
- previous file
- Table of Contents
- Notes or Text associated with the file
- next file
Every file of
Mill's text links to a file with my notes, the links to which are
between square brackets, as in "". In order to allow the reader to
read my notes independently, they all start with a quotation in blue of
the passage they annotate, and that generally ends with the link to the
note in Mill's text.
Mill's own notes are indicated by a "M" and are made superscript, like
passages I annotate are repeated in my Notes, it is possible to
read the Notes without reading the Text that is annotated. However,
each file of Notes has at its beginning a link to the Text it
annotates, and likewise that Text has at its beginning a link to my
Notes to it, and as explained each Note also has a link to the Text and
the place is is quoted from
download my edition of Mill's "On Liberty" and my notes should realize
that the links to and from the notes are retained only if they are
placed in directory-structures of the following form:
- that includes Mill's textfiles and the TOC
"/Liberty/Notes/" - that
includes my textfiles of notes
directory and its subdirectory are otherwise attached to a filesystem
on the computer you use is irrelevant, but the above is required for
having the many links work when reading off line.
Also, it may be
remarked that the reading of my Notes may be
preferable for many to the reading of Mill's text, because my
Notes very likely contain all or most of the best bits of Mill's text
in quotation, while Mill's text, both in the html I found and the paper
version I use, is very sparse with interlineation, and the original
text contains many long sentences and arguments crammed in very long
Finally, here are
three interesting related links that may supply quite a lot of
background to Mill's "On Liberty":
The Victorian Web: This is an
interesting and extensive set of pages about the age of Victoria. It
contains a lot of material (approximating 30.000 files) that seems to
be mostly well done.
pages in the Victorian Web: Quite a lot of information about Mill
and many links to material and persons related to Mill.
Chin Liew Ten
Mill On Liberty: The full text of a 1980 book by a Singaporian
professor on philosophy, who says in the opening paragraph of his book:
"Whenever liberalism is attacked today, John Stuart Mill's name will
almost certainly be mentioned. Often indeed the conservative and
radical critics of liberalism have seen in Mill's essay On Liberty
[On Liberty in Utilitarism, Liberty, Representative
Government (Everyman edn). All
subsequent references to On Liberty and Utilitarism are
to this edition] the embodiment of all the liberal errors and vices
they wish to expose. (...) Like Mill's critics, I too regard this essay
as the most eloquent expression of the liberal theory of the open
society. But unlike them I am generally sympathetic to his values and I
have tried to expound his case for liberty as clearly and fully as I
can. The foundations Mill provides for his liberal theory have some
faults, but a careful study of the essay will reveal that these are
often quite different from those which conservative and radical critics
of his have been inclined to stress."
I may at a later
date refer to some of the above material in my Notes.
April 28, 2006.
17 Nov 2009.)