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1. John Stuart Mill was undeniably influenced by his philosopher father, who treated his young son as an educational experiment, providing him with a broad and deep knowledge of a variety of intellectual topics. What was the name of Mill's father?
2. John Stuart Mill came to emulate his father by rising to the position of Chief Examiner in this trading company. Which company was this?
3. The education of John Stuart Mill continued when he was sent to France at the age of 14. This constant study eventually led to a long bout of depression when Mill turned 20, but this was lifted as Mill began to socialise with other young thinkers such as Gustave d'Eichtahl and John Sterling. What other joy is described as being responsible for lifting Mill's depression?
4. In his early twenties, John Stuart Mill was introduced to the woman who would become the love of his life and whom he later married. What was this woman's name?
5. Mill rejected the view of philosophers such as Immanuel Kant that there was reality outside of what we could detect using our senses. This aligned him with David Hume and John Locke in this philosophical school of thought. Which school was this?
6. John Stuart Mill believed in this concept, which holds that the best action to take in any circumstance is that which yields the greatest pleasure for all involved. Which concept, formulated by Jeremy Bentham, is this?
7. John Stuart Mill was a liberal and believed that an individual could do whatever he pleased as long as it did not harm others. In what famous work did Mill outline his liberal beliefs?
8. Which subject, on which he published an article in 1869, was John Stuart Mill an early supporter of?
9. John Stuart Mill accepted that individual liberty should be curtailed in the event of one person's views causing offence to others.
10. In his "A System of Logic", John Stuart Mill laid out how logic could (and should) be used to analyse information to come to the most reasonable conclusion. What term is used for this type of reasoning, in which evidence supports the truth of a statement, but does not ensure it?
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