Liberty PP2 - Philosophy 221 Contemporary Moral Issues...

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Philosophy 221: Contemporary Moral Issues Mill’s Harm Principle
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Mill’s Harm Principle vs. Paternalism Harm Principle Society may restrict a person’s liberty only to prevent direct harm to others, i.e., interference is only allowed with other-regarding actions not self-regarding ones. Paternalism Society may restrict a person’s liberty in order to prevent harm to that person or direct harm to others. Mill’s objections to paternalism: 1. Human freedom is a good thing & paternalism restricts freedom more than the harm principle does and more than the minimum necessary to allow for society.
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