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John Stuart Mill on Freedom - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 353
Freedom/Political Liberalism/Mill/Höffe: In [his] main work of social and legal philosophy, the treatise On Liberty(1), Mill makes a fiery plea for political freedom. As it says in the first sentence, the work does not have as its object "the so-called freedom of the will, which one unfortunately contrasts with the wrongly named doctrine of philosophical necessity, but civil or social freedom, that is, the essence and limits of the power which society rightfully exercises over the individual.
Here, Mill expands his social economic liberalism by a political liberalism. Its basic idea consists in an uncompromising objection to a "tyranny of the ruling opinion and disposition," to a "tyranny of the majority," which itself enslaves the soul.
Personal freedom: (...) [is the] limit to any lawful interference by society (...) >Liberalism/Mill.


1. J.St. Mill. On Liberty, 1859


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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
In
Eigennamen, Ursula Wolf, Frankfurt/M. 1993

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

Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
Geschichte des politischen Denkens München 2016


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