This book discusses John Stuart Mill's intellectual activity from about 1827 to 1848, namely between his recovery from his so-called 'Mental Crisis' and the publication of Principles of Political Economy. During this period, along with deepening his understanding of contemporary society as commercial civilization, Mill aspired to create a new system of science of society which would inquire into the nature, process of historical change, and prospects of society. Among the indispensable constituent sciences of his system, this book pays particular attention on his projected sciences of history and of the formation of character (ethology), and clarifies that the implications of his interest in these sciences were more significant for the better understanding of Mill's political thought than many scholars have assumed.
Logic and Society
Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. The Sciences of Society in the Early Nineteenth Century Chapter 3. The Politics of the American Experience Chapter 4. The Notion of Civilization Chapter 5. Projected Science of Society Chapter 6. Historical Knowledge and the Theory of Social Change Chapter 7. The Science of the Formation of Character Chapter 8. The Science and Art of Political Economy Chapter 9. The Politics of the Irish Land Question Chapter 10. Conclusion