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Well, the problem is when you pigeonhole a thinker of the stature and versatility of Mill and then put all his books in the same section of the bookstore.

For instance, his works on logic and ethics belong in philosophy, but he also wrote on representative government, wrote the most important economics treatise for half a century, and then other things like The subjection of women.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that he could have books in three or four different secions, but they get all shelved together under 'philosophy' and then economists, political scientists and feminists don't read him.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 1st, 2006 at 04:58:10 PM EST
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