Most commonly thought of as a philosopher, logician, and political economist, John Stuart Mill is one of the major intellectual figures of the 19th century, and is one of the most enduring and indispensable writers of his time. He never attended any school or university, but was educated at home and in France by the stern discipline of his famous father James Mill. He was taught Greek at the age of three, Latin and arithmetic at eight, logic at 12, and political economy at 13. After a visit to France, his studies included history, law, philosophy, and a host of other subjects of personal interest to him. He wrote several books of great importance. His autobiography and On Liberty are included in every list of “Great Books” drawn up as recommended reading. On Liberty, published in 1859, has never been out of print. It eloquently defines and defends the freedom of the individual against unwarranted social and political control.