J.S. Mill on Truth

by Anna Blanch on July 28, 2010

John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, is a classic work in the fields of economic, political, historical, philosophical, and legal theory. Re-reading it again recently, I was struck by these quotes on Truth.

Truth, in the great practical concerns of life, is so much a question of the reconciling and combining of opposites, that very few have minds sufficiently capacious and impartial to make the adjustment with an approach to correctness, and it has to be made by the rough process of a struggle between combatants fighting under hostile banners. (35-36)

It can do truth no service to blink the fact, known to all who have the most ordinary acquaintance with literary history, that a large portion of the noblest and most valuable moral teaching has been the work, not only of men who did not know, but of men who knew and rejected, the Christian faith.. (52)


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