Category Archives: Mill (John Stuart)

Poetry Complements the Intellectual Life

In the grip of an arid intellect resulting in depression, philosopher John Stuart Mill turned to poetry.

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Read Lit to Feel Better about Your Job

John Stuart Mill makes an impassioned case for the arts as essential to a liberal arts education–and a fulfilling life.

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  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

    Please feel free to e-mail me [rrbates (at) smcm (dot) edu]. I would be honored to hear your thoughts and questions about literature.

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