Understanding John Stuart Mill is the third book in a series of philosophy study guides for the classics of philosophy. The series is designed for beginning and intermediate philosophy students who would like more depth than they would ordinarily get from "Notes" books that only give outlines of the philosopher's thoughts and theories.
same time, the Smart Student's books are not scholarly monographs
designed for graduate students and professors.
Understanding John Stuart Mill focuses on both content and philosophical method in the sections on Mill's famous Utilitarianism and in his later but equally famous On Liberty.
Each chapter breaks down the arguments of the philosopher into understandable parts, showing how the philosopher reaches his conclusions and how he defends against possible objections. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions for thought and discussion. Some of the questions are on topics that provide an excellent starting point for term papers.
References to other books
about the philosopher or the topic can be found at the end of the
chapter, in footnotes, textboxes or at the end of the book.
Also in the Smart Student's Guide series are: Understanding Plato: The Socratic Dialogues and the Republic; Understanding John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism and On Liberty; Understanding Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan; Understanding John Locke: Second Treatise of Government
All books are available at Amazon.com, at low cost, in both digital and print versions.