John Stuart Mill: Population, Progress, and Sustainability
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Philosophy Honors Theses
This thesis will explore how John Stuart Mill's thinking on overpopulation informed his ideas in fields ranging from political economy, to sustainability ethics, to women's rights, to the role of government in society. It will draw on a wide range of Mill's writings in order to show the full scope of Mill's thinking on the subject. Against recent scholarship which largely ignores the extent of Mill's environmentalism, it will consider how his understanding of the population problem and the solutions he endorses to that problem might offer us a useful way of thinking about environmental questions for our own time. More broadly, too, this thesis will examine how these diagnoses and prescriptions to the problem of overpopulation fit within Mill's more holistic moral and political thought and will look to reconcile possible tensions which might arise from such an aim, particularly on questions that pertain to Mill's liberalism.
Academic Major: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
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