Learning Outcomes •to identify the critical factors to be considered in the law and liberalism debate: the boundary of law •To explain and apply the major thinkings of Mill; •Devlin and Hart on the role of law in the regulation of morality •To critically examine the above theories (Sandel) and their relevance to our contemporary lives •To prepare for the seminar and apply the theories learnt 2
Questions for Thought: When is it justified for Law to interfere with our lives? 3
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J. S. Mill (1806-73)- “On Liberty”•Subject matter: civil or social liberty •Individual liberty vs. state authority •Against tyranny of the state: –Political rulers –The majority: incl those who claimed to represent the people •Individual liberty vs. social control •What are the forms of social control? •Customs; religion; moral sentiments> the likings and dislikings of society 4