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
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