CArlyle and Mill
Past and Present
- According to Carlyle, why does Gurth seem happy? What is Carlyle's point about liberty?
- How does he use social conditions in England to reinforce his point? (See the opening footnote.)
- What is Carlyle's attitude towards workers? [See intro, 1046 (bottom)-47/1067-68.]
- Why are the Captains of Industry best equipped to solve the social crisis
Carlyle notes? (See pages 1072-74)
- Why is the past a model for the present? What values does the past contain for Carlyle?
- Do you see a problem with Carlyle's argument in PP? What would it be?
- What is Mill's main point about individualism in Victorian society?
- Why are individual desires and impulses a positive force? (See 1097)
- Do individual desires and impulses conflict with the rights of others?
- Why does Mill invoke, briefly, the medieval past? (See 1101--"feudality to the present time")
- How does Mill's view of "the average man" compare to Carlyle's view of
workers? (See 1101-02)