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What is the "Harm Principle"?

The "harm principle" was a philosophical principle articulated by British liberal thinker John Stuart Mill in the nineteenth century. Mill's "On Liberty" is focused on the extent, limits, and...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 5:29 pm UTC

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Explain the following lines from On Liberty by John Stuart Mill.   "He who lets the world, or his own portion of it,...

Mill is simply saying that human beings, in the fullest sense of the term, are those who choose their own path in life. They think for themselves; they choose what they want to do, what they want...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2018 8:56 am UTC

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Why did John Stuart Mill feel the need to write On Liberty?

On Liberty by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill was originally published in 1859. Mill started writing the essay in 1854 with the help of his wife, Harriet Taylor, and published it in the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019 3:53 pm UTC

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What are Mill's views on freedom of thought and expression in On Liberty?

During the nineteenth century, John Stuart Mill was one of the foremost believers in and practitioners of Utilitarianism, a system of thought that essentially declared an action to be proper if it...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 1:26 am UTC

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Present John Sturt Mill's opinion on the Majority in On Liberty. Provide textual evidence with page references.

There are many different editions of On Liberty, but Mill discusses his views on the majority in his first chapter, the introduction to the book. Mill described what he called the "tyranny of the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 6:13 pm UTC

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How would John Stuart Mill in On Liberty define being free?

This text espouses what John Stuart Mill feels is most important about society and the way in which it works, which is the extent to which people are given free agency to act as they want and to...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2012 3:21 pm UTC

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What are MILL'S views on freedom of thought and expression in ON LIBERTY? answer in detail

Certainly, there will be no substitute than the actual reading of Mill's work. There is much there that serves as the basis in the discussion of freedom and the relationship between individuals...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010 12:00 pm UTC

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What does MILL insist on freedom of thought and expression in on LIBERTY?   JOHN STUART MILL ON LIBERTY

In the end, I would say that the fear of "the tyranny of the majority" is what helps to motivate Mill's insistence on freedom and expression. Mill was convinced that the prevailing attitude of...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 10:11 pm UTC

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Critically comment on the following lines from ON LIBERTY. "If all mankind minus one were of a opinion,and only one...

The statement speaks to Mill's unending commitment to the right of personal expression. In his work, Mill speaks quite passionately to the individual not having to endure coercion from a social or...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2010 8:11 pm UTC

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Explain Mill's views on liberty and on the subjection of women.

John Stuart Mill (20 May 1806 to 7 May 1873) was a British philosopher, political scientist, economist, and civil servant. His philosophy was strongly influenced by utilitarianism which espoused as...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 9:03 pm UTC

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What does Mill means when he says "Sabbatarian legislation" in "On Liberty"? Explain in detail.

John Stuart Mill mentions Sabbatarian legislation as an “important example of illegitimate interference with the rightful liberty of the individual.” By Sabbatarian legislation, Mill means laws...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 6:27 am UTC

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Critically comment on the following lines from ON LIBERTY. "If all mankind minus one were of a opinion,and only one...

Quotations such as these prove how strongly passionate Mill was on the notion of individual choice and liberty. The inclusion of the idea of "silencing that one person" helps to bring this out....

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 6:03 am UTC

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What does MILL insist on freedom of thought and expression in ON LIBERTY? ANSWER

I would say that that Mill insists that personal freedom is not curtailed and enhanced by the social and political orders. One of the fundamental challenges he sets out to overcome in his writing...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010 8:48 pm UTC

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According to Mill, what are the limits that can be placed on freedom of speech?  

In Mill's thinking, it is essentially never acceptable to place any limits on people's freedom to say what they want. As Mill says (quote in the stanford.edu link), the only purpose for which...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2010 3:52 am UTC

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Relative to the following excerpt from On Liberty by John S Mill, please confirm whether Mill is suggesting that on...

In On Liberty, John Stuart Mill went to great pains to ensure that people understand the difference between rights and obligations, purposeful harm, incidental consequences and the extension of...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2013 6:19 am UTC

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