This was the book where I learned a very critical piece of my reading personality:
I much prefer my philosophy tomes in novel form to essay.
This was such a difficult read only because I could not “watch the movie in my head” as I do with even most nonfiction. On the whole, it was an intriguing look into his philosophy of Utilitarianism, specifically as it relates to liberty. More people would do well to read this and understand its arguments, particularly when discussing political issues even 15o years later.
This review of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill was originally published on January 3, 2018.