Always the non-conformist, I let my "special month" slip by without a post. I'd had been planning to contribute something about what Strawson's account of the reactive attitudes can do for consequentialists (a lot, I think, despite his being read by Darwall et. al. as an anti-consequentialist), but wasn't quite sure how to say it on here and still am not. But I thought that a fun idea for a thread might be made out of unexpected quotes from philosophers, i.e., ones where they are or seem to be saying something quite contrary to their well-known views. A few of you will have seen this quote from Mill (1831) in my Facebook feed last night:
". . . liberalism, which is for making every man his own guide & sovereign master,& letting him think for himself & do exactly as he judges best for himself, giving other men leave to persuade him if they can by evidence, but forbidding him to give way to authority; and still less allowing them to constrain him more than the existence & tolerable security of every man's person and property renders indispensably necessary. It is difficult to conceive a more thorough ignorance of man's nature, & of what is necessary for his happiness or what degree of happiness & virtue he is capable of attaining than this system implies."
This comes from a letter that Mill wrote to John Sterling. There's another way to read the text that would make the last comment directed at "speculative Tories," but in context I don't think that's the right reading. It's from vol. 12 of the Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, p. 84, if anyone wants to check me. (All 33 volumes of the Collected Works are freely available online in Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty.)
Here's one more, from Kant, which some of you have no doubt seen quoted in Parfit:
we conduct ourselves in such a way that, if everyone else so conducted
themselves, the greatest happiness would arise; then we have so conducted ourselves as to be worthy
Who (besides Parfit) knew: Kant's a rule utilitarian! (Kant scholar Jens Timmermann assures me that this is not the case.)
There must be many others.