History of European Ideas 39 (1):121-140 (2013)

Summary John Stuart Mill's classic tale of disillusionment from a ?narrow creed?, an overt as much as a covert theme of his Autobiography (London, 1873), has for many years served as a guide to the search for the causes and sources of his ?enlargement-of-the-utilitarian-creed? project. As a result, in analyses of Mill's mature views, Samuel Taylor Coleridge?and friends?commonly take centre stage in terms of influence, whereas John's father?James Mill?is reduced either to a supernumerary or a villain in the last act of John's intellectual development. However, students of Mill's works should not take at face value the story presented in Autobiography. Mill's own emphasis on the role of his ?new influences? has led scholars to disregard the role of his ?old influences? in his attempt to create a broader theory of living?one which takes into account both the intellectual and the emotional capacities of individuals. A close look at key aspects of John Stuart Mill's ?enlargement project? suggests that James Mill may have played a more positive role than is usually acknowledged. A way into the intellectual affinity of the two Mills is the person they both kept returning to for guidance and inspiration throughout their lives: Plato
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