180F009 - prevent harm to others (harm principle) Objection...

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Liberalism John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
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J.S. Mill’s life and work Born in London; privately educated by father James Mill and Jeremy Bentham Married and collaborated with Harriet Taylor Mill Utilitarianism ( Utilitarianism ) Feminism ( The Subjection of Women ) Liberalism ( On Liberty )
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Limits to Authority Unlike Locke, legitimacy not grounded in consent Principle of utility as ground that system is best which brings about the greatest happiness of the greatest number For Mill, this implies liberalism
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Liberalism Individual liberty of paramount importance Some constraints on behavior necessary to maximize overall liberty Only justification of constraint: to
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Unformatted text preview: prevent harm to others (harm principle) Objection Liberals must distinguish self-regarding from other-regarding actions -- can this distinction be maintained? Distinct and Assignable Obligation Principle When a person is led to violate a distinct and assignable obligation to any other person or persons, the case is taken out of the self-regarding class and becomes amenable to moral disapprobation in the proper sense of the term. (p.100) Justifications for D&AO Principle 1. Society has enough influence on individuals 2. Coercion creates resistance even to wise advice 3. Interference likely to be wrong...
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course PHIL 180 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Kansas.

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