Essay Perfectionism:Individualism Michael Read 310998 PHIL1020

Essay Perfectionism:Individualism Michael Read 310998 PHIL1020

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Student No. 3109978 Michael Read University of Newcastle School of Humanities and Social Sciences Philosophy 1020 Essay Perfectionism:  Explain in your own terms why Mill thinks individuality is important, and his  responses to those who would object to this idea. How plausible do you think his arguments are?  Consider in relation to the readings. Individualism can be described as a political and social philosophy that emphasizes the moral worth of the individual. From this definition, amongst others, we can start to form an idea on why Mill placed such an importance on individuality and the concept and plausibility of human well-being, and also understand his reasonings behind defending any objections to these ideals. Mill, in his work On Liberty and Other Writings (Mill 1989 p57) , studies the need for liberty from a Utilitarian perspective. We can see from this work that Mill is a strong believer in the possibility of a world where those around him are able to be as free in their thinkings as in their opinions, and that one should be able to voice their opinions and not just keep them simply as a mental commodity. It is important while noting these notions of individuality as a vessel for the individual, that Mills later states that “diversity is not and evil, but a good.” 1 (Mill 1989 p57) We can deduce from this statement, that Mill does indeed wish to forward and better the community in his individualistic ideals, and that it is not just for the benefit of the individual, but for the benefit of the community and the social world around us. Mills states that “there should be different opinions, so that their can be different experiments of living”(Mill 1989 p57), a statement showing that Mills seems to follow the basic principle that, one is more likely to find a good idea within 100 different
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