Socialist History Society
Bishopsgate Institute -
"Professor Greg Claeys explores some of the issues addressed in his latest book, Mill and Paternalism, examining the theories and ideas of philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill. In particular he considers how J. S. Mill's thinking on socialism was influenced by his contacts with feminists like Harriet Taylor especially in connection with Mill's views concerning marriage, the family and 'overpopulation'.
Greg Claeys is Professor of the History of Political Thought at Royal Holloway. He is an expert in late 18th and 19th century English radical thought, particularly Tom Paine and Robert Owen.
He is the author of several studies including Machinery, Money and the Millennium: From Moral Economy to Socialism (1987) and Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought (1991), and Searching for Utopia: the History of an Idea (2011). His continuing research interests lie in the fields of social and political reform movements from the 1790s to the early 20th century, with a special focus upon utopianism and how radicalism developed into early socialism."
This was an important time for feminism, log before the 20th Century Votes for Women campaigners, when radical feminist campaigners - the forerunners of modern feminism and women's rights were supported and helped by enlightenment thinkers and the early socialists and secularists.