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A Fragment on Mackintosh (1870)

Mill’s critique of Sir James Mackintosh’s “Dissertation on the Progress of Ethical Philosophy” which was originally published in the seventh edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. Mill comments on Mackintosh’s interpretation of Hobbes, Butler, and Bentham. In doing so he includes a lengthy reply to Mackintosh’s criticism of Mill’s essay on “government” and indirectly to Macaulay’s as well.


A Fragment on Mackintosh, being Strictures on Some Passages in the Dissertation by Sir James Mackintosh prefixed to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1870).


The text is in the public domain.

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