Edmund Burke vs John Stuart Mill

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The ideology of Edmund Burke and John Stuart Mill were some very widely known and very well accredited philosophers that influenced a large majority of the people and how they thought about certain things. Edmund Burke has been seen as the father of conservatism, (Harris, 2010) which is the belief in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society. (Merriam-Webster, 2013) Second, were his thoughts and concerns about the religious aspects of society, and how if we have too many it could lead to problems. On the other hand there is John Stuart Mill who believed in the ideology of liberty, which was one that suggests that absolute power for the state is not the correct path to follow, but that individual freedom is. Additionally Mill has been known as a great believer in utilitarianism as well as a follower and fan of Jeremy Bentham, therefore his thought was the belief that a morally good action is one that helps the greatest number of people. (Merriam-Webster, 2013) Edmund Burke born in Dublin, Ireland was the son of a successful father who solicited for the Church, this may be an explanation for the level of religion he brought into his thoughts and opinions. Born in 1729, (Wells, 2013) he was a politician and philosopher; after going to school for philosophy he was seen into Parliament due to his closeness with a certain high-ranking individual already in Parliament. This was where he really started to be acknowledged as the intelligent man he was, and where his most controversial and influential ideas came into play. First was his idea of conservatism, which is the idea of very little change if any to, in this case, political laws and regulations. This is what lead to his dislike of change or if it had... ... middle of paper ... ... of them that they really were some of the great philosophical minds of their times, as well as showing that although two people may be on opposite ends of the spectrum about a certain ideology their ideas can still work together well. Works Cited Wilson, Fred, Wilson,. "John Stuart Mill." Stanford University. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/mill/ (accessed November 13, 2013) Merriam-Webster. "utilitarianism." Merriam-Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utilitarianism (accessed November 13, 2013) Harris, Ian, Harris,. "Edmund Burke." Stanford University. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/burke/ (accessed November 13, 2013). Burke, Edmund. Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation. London: J. Dodsley, 1769. Wells, Charles. Lecture Slides Edmund Burke #1-29, 2013 Wells, Charles. Lecture Slides John Mill #1-26, 2013

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