John Stuart Mill and Freedom of Expression
The Genesis of a Theory
Routledge – 2001 – 240 pages
The arguments advanced in the second chapter of On Liberty (1859) have become the touchstone for practically every discussion of freedom of speech, yet the broader development of John Stuart Mill's ideas concerning intellectual liberty has generally been neglected. This work attempts to fill that lacuna by looking beyond On Liberty, in order to understand the evolution of Mill's ideas concerning freedom of thought and discussion.
'…it is clear that O'Rourke has performed a valuable service for Mill scholars everywhere. Alan Haworth, Political Studies Vol 50:2, June 2002