9-27-10 - 9-27-10 *On Liberty by Mill-1859 *initial...

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Unformatted text preview: 9-27-10 *On Liberty by Mill-1859 *initial struggle of liberty-upper class opposing the rulers *rulers were in opposition to those that they ruled *progression from protecting themselves from tyranny of rulers to protecting tyranny of the majority *tyranny of the majority-the people who are holding the power are not always the people that this power is being used against *can be used to abuse the minority *not just political tyranny, can be social tyranny *this social tyranny can be even more effective in enforcing rules than political tyranny *custom can be tyrannical *people assume that the rules of their own custom are natural, so no one thinks to question it *minimal amount of freedom-preventing interfering with freedom of others *“All that makes existence valuable to anyone depends on the enforcement of restraints upon the actions of other people” (3) *rules are necessary-although, law shouldn’t be a part of certain things *morality of the society comes from the ruling power-motivated by class interests *religious freedom is the exception-it has become a widespread freedom *however, more symbolic than actually in practice *the only reason for a law to infringe on freedom is to prevent harm to others, not even for their own good (except for children) *this form of law is a moral argument ...
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2011 for the course PHIL Philosophy taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Oglethorpe.

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