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John Stuart Mill and the Employment of Married Women: Reconciling Utility and Justice

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  • Nathalie Sigot

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    (PHARE - Pôle d'Histoire de l'Analyse et des Représentations Economiques - CNRS : FRE2541 - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I - Université de Paris X - Nanterre)

  • Christophe Beaurain

    (GEOLAB - UMR 6042 - Université de Limoges)

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This paper explores the link between utilitarianism and feminism through the positions of John Stuart Mill. We try to reconcile Mill's conviction about the necessity of establishing equality between sexes with his position concerning the employment of married women. This reconciliation has already been attempted by other researchers. Our perspective is slightly different in that we seek to establish a globally coherent position by examining Mill's various writings in order to evaluate his feminism in terms of his utilitarian philosophy.

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Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Publication status: Published, Journal of the History of Economic Thought, 2009, 31, 3, 281-304
Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00637276

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Keywords: John Stuart Mill ; Utilitarisme ; Feminisme ;

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  1. Mendus, Susan, 1994. "John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor on Women and Marriage," Utilitas, Cambridge University Press, vol. 6(02), pages 287-299, November.
  2. Ronald Bodkin, 1999. "Women's Agency In Classical Economic Thought: Adam Smith, Harriet Taylor Mill, And J. S. Mill," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(1), pages 45-60.
  3. Robert W. Dimand & Evelyn L. Forget & Chris Nyland, 2004. "Retrospectives: Gender in Classical Economics," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 18(1), pages 229-240, Winter.
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