Mill’s closet: J.S. Mill on solitude and the imperfect democracy

  title={Mill’s closet: J.S. Mill on solitude and the imperfect democracy},
  author={Guy Paltieli},
  journal={History of European Ideas},
  pages={47 - 63}
  • Guy Paltieli
  • Published 2019
  • Sociology
  • History of European Ideas
  • ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the role solitude played in John Stuart Mill’s political thought. By doing so, it challenges contemporary appropriations of Mill’s thought by participatory, deliberative and epistemic theories of democracy. Mill considered solitude to be contrary to political participation and public debate, but nonetheless regarded it as essential for democracy and for intellectual progress. Since the early 1830s Mill began developing an idea of solitude while simultaneously… CONTINUE READING