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|Abstract||In the previous chapters I have only criticized Mill's views when I thought it would help to explain them. I have tried to explain Mill's views on his own terms and the success or failure of this study should be judged in the light of this attempt. Should we stop here? There is always a good argument for detachment in an academic study, but does Mill not provoke us to make a more personal comment? If you think of Mill as a gentle liberal and 'rather an old woman' there may be no reason for this. Mill, however, was a radical with a definite view of what should (and would) happen to society in the future. His prophecy has not come true, yet many of his views remain topical. Mill provokes; at least he has provoked me to compare his ethical pre-conceptions with my own anticipations of the future. This chapter has been called an epilogue rather than a conclusion, because this comparison can only provide some personal answers, accepted by some, rejected by others. In the following pages I shall discuss three propositions which are derived from Mill's thought. Because they represent central issues in his thought my comment can only be provisional. In discussing them in the light of actual problems I can only touch on these problems and cannot deal with them in a systematic manner. Nevertheless I hope that the reader will justify my attempt at illustrating the topical aspects of Mill's social thought. The more so, because a discussion of these propositions leads up to the important question whether we should be on the road to Utopia. In my opinion we owe Mill an answler to this question. I hope that my personal and provisional answer may provide a fitting end to this study. The three propositions are: l. Liberty of action and thought will activate moral progress, because it allows a creqtive minority to experiment with a new Art ol Living. 2. what is economically needed is a better distribution, of which one indispensable means is a sticter restraint on population. 3. A better organisation of society cannot be achieved without the moral improvement of its members. ... Zie: Epilogue.|
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