By Gerald Dworkin (editor)
John Stuart Mill's On Liberty (1860) keeps to form sleek Western conceptions of person freedom. during this quantity, 8 top Mill students touch upon this landmark paintings. Their essays, chosen for his or her significance and accessibility, function a good creation to this foundational textual content. Designed with political philosophy and philosophy of legislation classes in brain, this choice of essays by means of the prime Mill students is a perfect creation to On Liberty. transparent and insightful, the essays clarify the continuing relevance of Mill's paintings to modern struggles to guard person rights with no harming others. the gathering is additionally worthwhile for classes dedicated to Mill at both the undergraduate or graduate level.Mill and Milquetoast, David Lewis. John Stuart Mill and the damage of Pornography, David Dyzenhaus. Mill and Pornography, Robert Skipper. Paternalism, Gerald Dworkin. Paternalism, application, and equity, Richard Arneson. Liberty and damage to Others, David Lyons. Profound Offense, Joel Feinberg. The Doctrine of Liberty in its program to Morals, James Fitzjames Stephen.
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The institutions of toleration are in large part informal, a matter not of law but of custom, habits of conduct and thought. Even when the law lets us do as we like, many of us do not like to do anything that would make people suffer for the opinions they hold, or hinder their expression of their opinions. We may choose our friends and our casual acquaintances as we please, and we are certainly free to shun those whose opinions we find objectionable; but many of us exercise this freedom half-heartedly, or with a bad conscience, or not at all.
Whereas we tolerate the intolerant, no less than the tolerant. We do it; and almost everyone who cares for toleration thinks we ought to do it. After Marcuse said that the time had come to withdraw tolerance, his books were no harder to buy than they were before. Tolerating the extra-dangerous. In the story, the utilitarian defence may depend also on the exact balance of good and harm that we expect from the several opinions that will be protected by a treaty of toleration. The more danger heresy seems to pose, the less likely our Inquisitor is to conclude that a treaty with Page 23 the heretics might be advantageous.
The dissenters correctly recognize that this view represents the essence of the philosophy of John Stuart Mill in his essay on Liberty . . While the philosophy of John Stuart Mill as adopted by this Court . . exalts individuality in the extreme, it has, nevertheless, a superficial appeal. . Unfortunately for the purposes of the majority, the philosophy of Mill . . if logically applied, would necessarily result in the eradication Page x of numerous other criminal statutes. For example, if majoritarian morality is without a role in the formulation of criminal law and the only standard is harm to another, all laws proscribing the possession and use of dangerous or narcotic drugs would fail.