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Study Sheet: Mill On Liberty Liberal Ontology or Fundamental Premises: - liberty/freedom: o liberty as a right doesn’t apply to children or backwards societies o spheres of human liberty: 1. Domain of conscience- liberty of thought and opinion 2. Liberty of tastes and pursuits 3. Liberty to unite with other consenting individuals as long as it doesn’t harm anyone o freedom: pursuing one’s own way as long as it doesn’t prevent others from doing the same o freedom of opinion- no right in silencing anyone opinion my be true, no authority to decide an issue for all, if an opinion isn’t debated it becomes a dead dogma, if an opinion isn’t debated true meaning may be lost. o actions not as free as opinions – may not act on all as they may cause harm o freedom to be an indvidual- liberty and individuality=essential to social progress o harm principle- freedom to act as one wants as long as it doesn’t harm anyone o very few restraints on freedom o
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