J.S. MILL AND FITZJAMES STEPHEN ON THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
Stephen's critique of Mill is best known in the form given to it in Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (1873). Nevertheless, the two men's journalistic writings from the 1860s- - the decade of the American Civil War-- already reveal divergent views of human progressiveness. Both supported the North, but Mill's hope for a moral regeneration of the American people seemed to Stephen to endanger the legal case for Unionism and to threaten further violence. More broadly, Mill's progressivism reflected a mistaken view of human nature.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Political Science, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.
Publication date: 2007-01-01