John Stuart Mill & Nietzsche on Creativity Comparison Essay by The Research Group

John Stuart Mill & Nietzsche on Creativity
Describes & compares philosophers' views on history as creative source, creative individuals; Nietzsche's views on free spirits & good & evil.
# 11644 | 2,025 words | 5 sources | 1996 | US


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"In On Liberty (1859) John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) begins his meditations on the past as the source of creativity by citing the philosophical and social writings of the German thinker, Baron Wilhelm von Humboldt (1761-1835). In his chapter "On Individual-ity", Mill focuses on Humboldt's claim that "originality" derives from the "individuality of power and development" which depends upon "the two requisites of freedom and variety of situations" allowing "individual vigor and manifold diversity" to manifest itself (Mill, 1985, 121). Mill agrees with Humboldt that individuality is to be highly prized. Mill's position is that individuals should not be expected merely to mimic the past and its greatness. Rather the greatest achievement for an individual according to Mill is to "use and interpret experience in his own..."

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