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On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
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Jan 07, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to Laura-Jo by: Required to read for A2 Philosophy.
Read 2 times. Last read June 1, 2007.

I often don't get on with Philosopher's works, mostly because they're not easily accessible (Kant, I'm looking at you...) but 'On Liberty' was completely different.
The Harm Principle is definitely an interesting theory, and on some levels I think it could work practically, but I disagree with his definition of harm slightly. There's not only physical harm, but also emotional, which I think should be taken into account (as in racist, sexist comments etc.).
I feel that in the last Chapter, Mill backtracks slightly from what he argued previously, which was a little saddening.
'On Liberty' was radical for its time, and I think it still applies today. If we all lived our lives by The Harm Principle (even with his definition of harm), perhaps the world would be a slightly better place... who knows.

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