John Stuart Mill

British philosopher and political economist (1806–1873)

John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 – 8 May 1873) was an English philosopher and political economist.[1] He was a classical liberal thinker of the 19th century. He was for utilitarianism, the ethical theory first proposed by his godfather Jeremy Bentham.[2]

As a utilitarian, he believed that the good of society as a whole is more important than the pleasure of one or a few individuals.


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