The Introductions to the Robson Edition of the Collected Works of J.S. Mill (1963-1991)
A colllection of the 19 scholarly Introductions
to the John Robson edition of the Collected Works of J.S. Mill (1963-1991)
The Scholarly Introductions to the Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, ed.
J.M. Robson (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan
Paul, 1963-1991), 33 vols. <http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2555>.
The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill consists of 33 volumes which contain the writings of one of the leading classical liberals of the 19th century. Mill wrote works of political economy, philosophy, history, political theory, and corresponded with many of the leading figures of his day. The collection also includes the speeches he gave as a member of parliament and many volumes of his newspaper articles and letters.
The Collected Works was produced by an editorial committee appointed
from the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto, and from
the University of Toronto Press. The primary aim of the edition is to present
fully collated texts of those works which exist in a number of versions, both
printed and manuscript, and to provide accurate texts of works previously unpublished
or which have become relatively inaccessible. An Editorial Committee under
the direction of John M. Robson (1927-1995) oversaw the project over a period
stretching from 1963 to 1991. It was one of the major scholarly achievements
of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Each volume (or the volume which began a series of related volumes) was preceded
by a lengthy introduction written by a leading scholar in the field of Mill
studies. We have gathered all 19 of these introductions into one book of 924
pages in order to make this extraordinary scholarly work more easily accessible
to the reader. Each introduction reproduced below also contains a link back
to the Online Library of Liberty website if the reader wishes to consult the
original source as well as the works listed in that volume.
John Stuart Mill, Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, ed. J.M. Robson
(Toronto: University of Toronto Press, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1963-1991),
33 vols. <http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/165>.
The online edition of the Collected Works is published under licence from the copyright holder, The University of Toronto Press. ©2006 The University of Toronto Press. All rights reserved. No part of this material may be reproduced in any form or medium without the permission of The University of Toronto Press.
Fair use statement
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund,
Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this
material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not
be used in any way for profit.
Nineteen of the 33 volumes in the Collected Works of John Stuart Mill have
extensive Introductions either written by one of the editors or by experts
who commissioned to write them, such as F.A. Hayek or Lord Robbins. They can
be found online individually as part of each volume. However, we though there
was some use in having them collected in one file so that the reader could
explore Mill’s thinking in greater depth and convenience. The collection contains
the following titles. Those containing Introductions are in bold. The Introductions
were written by Lord Robbins, V.W. Bladen, Joseph Hamburger, R.F. McRae, Alan
Ryan, F.E.L. Priestley, F.E. Sparshott, F.A. Hayek, Francis E. Mineka, Dwight
N. Lindley, Alexander Brady, John C. Cairns, Stefan Collini, Ann P. Robson,
John M. Robson, Bruce L. Kinzer, Martin Moir, and Marion Filipiuk. When
the author of the Introduction is not mentioned specifically by name it is
assumed that the editors of the volume wrote the Introduction. The links will
take you to an HTML vesion of the introduction: