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Classic Books Library presents this brand new edition of John Stuart Mill's philosophical work, "On Liberty" (1859). This essay marks Mill's attempt to establish ethical standards for the liberties and rights of individuals in society, in balance with authoritarian rule and government intervention. It was, and remains, a highly influential text in the development of social theory and philosophical thought. John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was a British philosopher concerned with politics, ethics and economics and is known for his support of freedom of speech and the rights of the individual in society, and for his contributions to liberalist political ideology.