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John Stuart Mill on Rights - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 109
Rights/Mill/Gaus: In On Liberty J. S. Mill advances his ‘one very simple principle - that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number - is to prevent harm to others’ (1963a(1): ch. 1, para. 9). Mill advances a radical liberal theory of political right: coercion - which includes social pressure intended to discourage any act A - must be justified on the grounds that A constitutes a harm to others, and the coercion is intended to prevent that harm (...). A good deal of recent liberal theory has been devoted to explicating this harm principle, and whether it really can serve as the sole ground for justified coercion. >Rights/Liberalism.

1. Mill, John Stuart (1963a) On Liberty. In J. M. Robson, ed., The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, vol. XVIII, 213–301. ch. 1, para. 9.

Gaus, Gerald F. 2004. „The Diversity of Comprehensive Liberalisms.“ In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications.

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Höffe I 350
Rights/Mill/Höffe: [Mill] then recognizes the traditional distinction between perfect (justice) and imperfect (charity) duties. Finally, he claims that having a right means having something that society should protect for no other reason than general utility(1). >Utilitarianism/Mill.

1. J.St. Mill, Utilitarianism 1861

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Mill I
John St. Mill
A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive, London 1843
German Edition:
Von Namen, aus: A System of Logic, London 1843
Eigennamen, Ursula Wolf, Frankfurt/M. 1993

Mill II
J. St. Mill
Utilitarianism: 1st (First) Edition Oxford 1998

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016

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