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John Stuart Mill's philosophy of persuasion

McCabe, Helen

Authors

Dr HELEN MCCABE HELEN.MCCABE@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Assistant Professor in Politicaltheory



Abstract

In his youth, John Stuart Mill followed his father’s philosophy of persuasion but, in 1830, Mill adopted a new philosophy of persuasion, trying to lead people incrementally towards the truth from their original stand-points rather than engage them antagonistically. Understanding this change helps us understand apparent contradictions in Mill’s canon, as he disguises some of his more radical ideas in order to bring his audience to re-assess and authentically change their opinions. It also suggests a way of reassessing the relationship between Mill’s public and private works, to which we should look if we are attempting to understand his thought.

Citation

McCabe, H. (2014). John Stuart Mill's philosophy of persuasion. Informal Logic, 34(1), https://doi.org/10.22329/il.v34i1.3869

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2014
Publication Date Mar 1, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 15, 2017
Publicly Available Date Sep 15, 2017
Journal Informal Logic
Electronic ISSN 0824-2577
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.22329/il.v34i1.3869
Keywords John Stuart Mill; persuasion; James Mill; associationist psychology; history of political thought
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46380
Publisher URL https://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/informal_logic/article/view/3869
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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