In Mill’s autobiography, the reader not only gets the real story behind the mind of a prodigy, but also an understanding of his emotions. After a strict upbringing, the insurmountable pressures Mill faces leads to a mental breakdown. However, the author then goes on not only to understand his own beliefs and feelings, but also to develop new radical ideas.
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About the Author
John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was an English philosopher, economist, and progressive reformer. A forceful defender of individual liberty, racial equality, and the rights of women, he made important contributions to the philosophy of utilitarianism, which, in seeking a basis to judge actions, looked toward consequences rather than intent.