PS 4 Lecture 4 - 1 o o o o o o o o J.S.Mill(180673)OnLiberty(1858)Subjection(1869 Tensions . behavior Between

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1. J.S. Mill (1806-73) On Liberty (1858) Subjection (1869) o Often hailed as most passionate for individual freedom written o Essay articulates values of liberal Democracy o Tensions: Between liberty to do what you want v. using things to push people into civil  behavior Between value of reason v. worrying about the straight jacket reason puts on  creativity Deep faith v. Faithlessness to do much with our lives Truth will emerge from freedom v. mass opinion is harmful Centering freedom in speech/thought v. speech/though is inconsequential  (has little power) o Mill shares Dostoevsky’s skepticism of human’s want for freedom Only a small group of people can make good use of freedom o Mill believes we want conformity o Mill shares with Dostoevsky the limits of freedom are authority that circulates in  mass opinion, settled truths o Struggles with the question of how to produce a culture that will cultivate freedom o Freedom is thinking for oneself/personal possession and practice
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