Item 132 - Letter from John Stuart Mill to Henry Sidgwick

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Add. MS c/94/132


Letter from John Stuart Mill to Henry Sidgwick


  • 3 Aug 1867 (Creation)

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Refers to the questions 'mooted' by Sidgwick in his letter of [20] July, and declares them to be 'very important and extremely difficult if not impossible to decide by a general rule'. Agrees that 'it is absurd to refer each man to his individual conscience since the very question is, what his conscience ought to prescribe.' Is unsure as to when they might discuss the issue at length, but undertakes to read the statement to which Sidgwick referred, in order to give some opinion on it.

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