By Vincent Guillin
Vincent Guillin makes use of the difficulty of sexual equality as a prism in which to envision very important changes - epistemological, methodological and theoretical - among Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill. He succeeds in exhibiting how their differing conceptions of technological know-how and human nature impression and have an effect on their respective ways to philosophy and to the research of girl (in)equality specifically. Guillin shines a shiny searchlight into long-neglected points of either men's pondering - for instance, Mill's idea to build an 'ethology', or technological know-how of character-formation, and Comte's doubtless weird and wonderful curiosity in phrenology - and the ways that those formed their perspectives of women's highbrow and political capacities. Guillin's wide-ranging research examines either men's significant and minor works, their correspondence with each other, and the explanations for the ultimate acrimonious holiday among of the 19th century's most unusual and significant thinkers.
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An agreement was ﬁ nally reached: Mill co uld visit Harriet when her h usband was not in, and join her discreetly when she was outside of London for short vacations and travels abroad, but she would continue to live with Taylor. , p. 49. 32 ch apter one could hardly content itself with such a makeshift compromise. However, they w ere s o ea ger no t t o gi ve a ha ndle t o cal umny o r co ntroversy that th ey r espected scr upulously th e t erms o f th e a greement wi th John Taylor to the very day of the latter’s burial.
Reeves, John Stuart Mill, Victorian F irebrand, f or va rious in terpretations as t o the r espective sha res o f J ohn Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor in what has been published or written under the former’s name. 65 J. Skorupski, John Stuart Mill, Chap. ” c omte and mill on s exu al equ alit y 33 as physics, chemistry, and biology) and is to take the same form (reliance on empirical testing, nomological nature of its general statements, predictive dimension). 66 But naturalism can also be taken as an ontological thesis, which in its extreme reductionist form considers the behaviour of human beings as the direct or unme diated eﬀ ect of the o peration of laws and me chanisms proper to the natural sciences, and in the last resort physics.
252). The following episode supports his account and illustrates the practical aspect of Mill’s commitment. On a day of 1823, on his way to work at India House, the seventeen years old Mill came across the body of a strangled newborn child in St. James’ Park. ): since fa milies of workers tend to increase the number of their members in order to maximize their income by putting their children to w ork, a nd ther eby lo wer the wa ges b y way o f the in troduction o n the ma rket o f cheap unqualiﬁed labour, the growth of food supply would not be able to keep up with the unchecked growth of population; hence the terrible conditions of existence of the labouring c lasses a nd the t emptation t o r esort t o infa nticide s o as t o alle viate o ne’s plight.
Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill on Sexual Equality: Historical Methodological and Philosophical Issues (Studies in the History of Political Thought) by Vincent Guillin