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Unformatted text preview: PHM 2204 Fall, 2007 David Copp JOHN STUART MILL: INDIVIDUALITY AND WELL-BEING 1. The Goal of Chapter III: Mill argues for freedom of choice in manner of living -- adults “should be free to act upon their opinions” (BW, 56), to choose their own “plan of life” (BW, 60) – provided that the chosen plan does not threaten harm to others In Ch I, Mill called this the liberty “of tastes and pursuits” -- the freedom of “framing the plan for our life to suit our own character” (BW, 14) * he said that this liberty follows from the Harm Principle 2. The Argument Mill argues that there is a right to freedom of choice in manner of living on the ground that our happiness (well-being), and the overall level of happiness (well-being) of society depends on this freedom. * Mill suggests that the reasons that supported freedom of conscience also support freedom of choice in manner of living (55). * this is a puzzling claim because, in Ch II, Mill argued for freedom of conscience roughly on the ground that suppression of opinion would undermine our interest in having true and justified beliefs ....
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- Spring '07
- human beings, David Copp JOHN STUART MILL