PSCI 181 (Mill) 3-31

PSCI 181 (Mill) 3-31 - Andrew Valenti John Stuart Mill On...

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Andrew Valenti 3/31/08 John Stuart Mill- On Liberty Absolute Liberty o Freedom from (notion that freedom is being able to pursue our own good in our own way). 4 paradoxes: Relationship between Individual and Society Relationship between Liberty and Harm Relationship between Liberty and Utility Relationship between Liberty and the State Central Theme: freedom from Interference (p. 17) (p. 5) o Human difference is an intrinsically good quality (p. 68- top) o Different impulses and preferences, different desires and conceptions of the good, the good life…these are very important socially, they are what keep freedom alive. o “Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom …” o Rejects Rousseau’s idea of the general will. Free to do what we want within the laws of nature He believes in absolute liberty, it is one of his main themes; he disassociates freedom from property (unlike Locke); 4 paradoxes in Mill (1 st is the relationship between individual and society ; the 2 nd is the relationship between liberty and harm ; the 3 rd is the paradox of the relationship between liberty and utility ; and the 4 th is the paradox of the relationship between liberty and the state , the idea that the state is the biggest threat to liberty but it is also necessary for liberty to exist) 1 st paradox Individual and Society) His central theme is freedom from interference, pursue things in our own way (p. 5, 17), he talks about the limits of power that society can exercise over an individual’s freedom (individual freedom is pursuing your own
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This note was uploaded on 08/03/2008 for the course PSCI 181 taught by Professor Hirshmann during the Spring '08 term at UPenn.

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