Matthew Arnold and John Stuart Mill (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 15)

1st Edition

Edward Alexander

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Published February 4, 2014
Reference - 332 Pages
ISBN 9780203707777 - CAT# YE53139
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Political Science

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Summary

This study defines the relationship between humanism and liberalism by comparing the two Victorian figures who were most concerned with the preservation of humanistic values in a free and democratic society: Matthew Arnold and John Stuart Mill. The book sets apart Arnold and Mill from their contemporaries and points out their similarities to one another in discussions of their theories of history, poetry, their celebration of the contemplative life and their willingness to welcome democracy. At the same time it examines the differences between the two men, which he uses to create a dialogue between humanism and liberalism on the question of how a high cultural ideal can be realized in democratic society.

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