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FEB 06 - FEB 06 Mill On Liberty Wednesday 4:08 PM Mill's On...

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FEB 06 - Mill On Liberty Wednesday, February 06, 2008 4:08 PM   Mill's On Liberty Basis of Mill's defense of liberty = account of the human good -Exercise of the higher faculties -The central question: What are the nature and limits of the power that society can  exercise over the individual? -Mill defends individual liberty against "tyranny of the majority" -Started with the problem of how to regulate the power of oligarchy and  monarchs Social tyranny = Prevailing opinion and feeling The power of majority opinion can have on other Majority power uses state authority and power to do its will -In a democratic society, concern is no political  tyranny so much as social   tyranny Harm Principle  (HP) -Generalizes the principle of religious toleration -Limits on collective authority -Only use coercion against a person "to prevent harm to others"
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