Liberty part 2

Liberty part 2 - Thursday Liberty Part Two Justifying the...

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Thursday, October 09, 2008 Liberty, Part Two Justifying the Liberty Principal John Stewart Mill What Does Mill Mean by “Harm”? -distinction between offensive actions and actions that cause harm -you should be allowed according to Mill to offend people -to harm someone is to damage their interests True of False? According to John Stuart Mill, harming another’s interest is enough to justify constraint? False Harming Others’ Interest Not Sufficient to Justify Constraint -It’s sometimes legitimate to allow people to harm others’ interests -Ex. Competitive exam, job competition -Why is this okay? -Mill is a utilitarian, seek ultimate happiness Why limit individual Liberty? -the action in questions harms interests that ought to be considered as rights -not all interests should be considered as rights -Which rights do we have? Why Do we have Rights? -Three prominent answers: 1) Self-evident 2) Custom and convention 3) Recognizing them maximizes utility (we have the rights that if we recognize them will promote ultimate happiness) Indirect Utilitarianism Revisited
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