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John Stuart Mill

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II John Locke The related problems of "the public orthodoxy" and "the open society" were major concerns of  Willmoore Kendall throughout his professional career. In his reappraisal of...
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There is a very famous phrase, “the tyranny of the majority,” that was introduced into political discourse by two near contemporaries in the nineteenth century. Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French writer who wrote Democracy in...
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Jonathan Chait burned up the Internet with his critique of so-called political correctness. Among many responses, Amanda Taub's stands out for its denial of Mr. Chait’s basic premise. According to Ms. Taub: …there’s no...
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Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national controversy, but a recent essay by Harvard student Sandra Y.L. Korn has generated widespread denunciation among conservatives. Her essay—entitled “The Doctrine of Academic Freedom"*—argues for...
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As long as there have been “libertarians,” there has been hero worship of John Stuart Mill. This Nineteenth Century utilitarian author, most famously of On Liberty, has been looked to as a kind of...
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Jeremy Bentham I remember visiting a professor of mine a few years ago during her office hours and seeing a “Bush/Cheney 1984” bumper sticker tacked on her cork-board. That was, I admit, probably my...
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By common assent modern conservatism, as political philosophy, springs from Edmund Burke: chiefly from his Reflections on the Revolution in France, published in 1790. That book is of course more...

“By the time he was eight, he knew nearly everything the doctor of philosophy knows nowadays, to put the matter mildly; but what his intellectual training lacked was the higher imagination, and for...