Oct 11 - Liberty Part 2 Summary

Oct 11 - Liberty Part 2 Summary - Summary of Politics 1020E...

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1 Summary of Politics 1020E Lecture 10: Liberty, Part Two (October 11, 2011) The tenth lecture focuses on two topics: first, the John Stuart Mill’s defence of the liberty principle; and secondly, some problems with liberalism. John Stuart Mill distinguishes between harm and offence: he thinks harmful actions are wrong but that no one has a right not to be offended. Harm is harm to interests that ought to be considered as rights. But harming others’ interests is not sufficient to justify restraining others’ actions. For example, if you do very well on the Law School Admission Test, then you harm my interests if I am taking the same test. Nonetheless, Mill believes that this harm is overridden by the utilitarian benefits of the competitive process. According to Mill, we should be free to act where we won’t harm or threaten harm to others. To harm someone is to harm interests of theirs, i.e., interests that should be considered as rights . As a
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course POLISCI 1020E taught by Professor Charlesjones during the Fall '11 term at UWO.

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