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This includes the following chapters from Very Short Introductions, which have been made available to anyone to read in March.
Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism tells us that the Good was happiness, and in On Liberty he says that happiness requires individual freedom. His essay The Subjection of Women (1869) tells us that that means everyone, not just adult males. This chapter explores Mill's work and goes on to look at the writings of Simone de Beauvoir.
Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
We live in societies that are founded on commitments to freedom and equality, but that have failed so far to live up to these commitments in the case of women and people from minority cultures. This chapter argues that we should not see feminism and multiculturalism as displacing longer standing questions of political philosophy, but as posing these questions in new ways.