PHM 2204 Lecture 16

PHM 2204 Lecture 16 - PHM 2204 David Copp Fall, 2007 THE...

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PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp THE HARM PRINCIPLE, UTILITARIANISM, AND EQUALITY RIGHTS 1. Mill’s (implicit) Argument for the Harm Principle 1. It would contribute to the overall happiness or wellbeing if society were to have an enforceable legal policy and a political culture that protects adults’ freedom of choice and action against interference by law or public opinion, except when interference is necessary in order to prevent harm to others. 2. Society ought to do what would contribute most to the overall happiness 3. Society ought to have an enforceable legal policy and a political culture that protects adults’ freedom of choice and action against interference by law or public opinion, except when interference is necessary in order to prevent harm to others. 4. A person has a right to something if and only if society ought to defend the person in the possession of it, “either by force of law or by that of education and opinion.” (BW 290 – Util. , ch. 5) Therefore, The Harm Principle : adults have a right not to have their choices or actions be interfered with, either by law or public opinion, unless such interference is necessary in order to prevent harm to others. PROBLEM:
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PHM 2204 Lecture 16 - PHM 2204 David Copp Fall, 2007 THE...

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