Harriet Taylor Mill

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Harriet Taylor Mill (née Harriet Hardy) (London, 8 October 1807 – Avignon, 3 November 1858) was a philosopher and women's rights advocate.

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  • Mill had barred his way to comprehending the guide function of prices by his doctrinaire assurance that `there is nothing in the laws of value which remains for the present or any future writer to clear up' (1848/1965, Works: III, 456), an assurance that made him believe that ` considerations of value had to do with [the distribution of wealth] alone' and not with its production (1848/1965, Works, III: 455). Mill was blinded to the function of prices by his assumption that only a process of mechanical causation by some few observable preceding events constituted a legitimate explanation in terms of the standards of natural science. (...) Despite the great harm done by his work, we must probably forgive Mill much for his infatuation with the lady who later became his wife.
    • Friedrich Hayek, The Fatal Conceit (1988), Appendix B: The Complexity of Problems of Human Interaction

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