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‘On Liberty’ and Laissez-faire

Kathleen Blake

in Pleasures of Benthamism: Victorian Literature, Utility, Political Economy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199563265
eISBN:
9780191721809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563265.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The word liberty provides the label of liberalism attaching to Utilitarian political economy, yet it is striking how often liberalism has been identified with the opposite of liberty, with ... More


Mill in a Liberal Landscape

Alan Ryan

in The Making of Modern Liberalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691148403
eISBN:
9781400841950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines the difficulties a late twentieth-century reader will have with John Stuart Mill's liberalism as well as its differences from many contemporary—that is, late ... More


The Permissibility of Paternalism

Peter de Marneffe

in Liberalism and Prostitution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195383249
eISBN:
9780199870554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383249.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Although some paternalistic government policies are morally wrong, not all are. Even some “hard” paternalistic policies are morally justifiable. This position is consistent with a due respect for ... More


Mill’s Essay On Liberty

Alan Ryan

in The Making of Modern Liberalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691148403
eISBN:
9781400841950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines John Stuart Mill's arguments in his essay On Liberty. It first considers Mill's early allegiance to utilitarianism as well as his reaction to the rise of democracy before ... More


Sense and Sensibility in Mill’s Political Thought

Alan Ryan

in The Making of Modern Liberalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691148403
eISBN:
9781400841950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines John Stuart Mill's political thought, asking in particular what we can learn about his intellectual project from attention to his Autobiography. It explores the way Mill's ... More


On Liberty: The Summum Bonum of Modern Liberalism

Robert Devigne

in Reforming Liberalism: J.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300112429
eISBN:
9780300133905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300112429.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses what can be gleamed from John Stuart Mill's On Liberty in relation to the topic of modern liberalism. Modern liberal thought does not center on human perfection or the best ... More


On Liberty: Overcoming the West's One-Sided Moral Development

Robert Devigne

in Reforming Liberalism: J.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300112429
eISBN:
9780300133905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300112429.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter further explores and analyzes the implications that can be derived from John Stuart Mill's On Liberty. At its center, the work places the objectives of both the good and the right—or the ... More


Bureaucracy, Democracy, Liberty: Some Unanswered Questions in Mill’s Politics

Alan Ryan

in The Making of Modern Liberalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691148403
eISBN:
9781400841950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0019
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines some unanswered questions in John Stuart Mill's politics, especially with regards to bureaucracy, democracy, and liberty. These questions relate to what Mill thought about the ... More


Fitzjames Stephen on Mill on Liberty

Henry Sidgwick

in Essays on Ethics and Method

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250234
eISBN:
9780191598432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250231.003.0021
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Sidgwick offers a largely unflattering review of Fitzjames Stephen's critique of Mill's On Liberty (presented in Stephen's Liberty, Equality, Fraternity). Sidgwick observes that, when discussing the ... More


Picturing Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill and the Invention of a Photographic Public

Irene Tucker

in The Moment of Racial Sight: A History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226922935
eISBN:
9780226922959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226922959.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

John Stuart Mill’s best-known work, On Liberty is known for its genealogy of tyranny, and for stating that even though authoritarian governments had been replaced by representative governments, a new ... More


John Stuart Mill’s Ascent

Kevin A. Morrison

in Victorian Liberalism and Material Culture: Synergies of Thought and Place

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474431538
eISBN:
9781474445023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431538.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter one focuses on John Stuart Mill’s thirty-five-year career with the East India Company. It details how Mill’s views on cognitive individuation, a culture of merit that might nourish it and, ... More


Liberal Imperialism

Alan Ryan

in The Making of Modern Liberalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691148403
eISBN:
9781400841950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter argues that liberalism is intrinsically imperialist and that we should understand the attractions of liberal imperialism, even as it cautions against succumbing to that attraction. ... More


Utility and Ownership

Alan Ryan

in The Making of Modern Liberalism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691148403
eISBN:
9781400841950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691148403.003.0030
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines the utilitarian account of property rights and argues that property rights are not basic rights of the kind utilitarianism is commonly said to misrepresent. It suggests that the ... More


Called Unto Liberty

Timothy Larsen

in John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198753155
eISBN:
9780191814815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198753155.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores Mill’s classic text, On Liberty (1859), and what it reveals about his attitudes towards organized religion, as well as religious reactions to it and his responses to them. It ... More


The Role of the State

Roger Trigg

in Religion in Public Life: Must Faith Be Privatized?

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199543670
eISBN:
9780191701313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543670.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Society

The first section of the chapter explains the ‘supremacy of God’ in context to the charter of rights and freedom. It argues that appeals to rights should be seen as part of a moral order which ... More


The Right of Privacy

Jed Rubenfeld

in Freedom and Time: A Theory of Constitutional Self-Government

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300080483
eISBN:
9780300129427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300080483.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Unwritten constitutional rights are well established in American law and are best exemplified by the “right of privacy.” The most famous privacy case is Roe v. Wade, although this unwritten right ... More


Reforming Reformed Religion: J. S. Mill's Critique of the Natural Religion of the Enlightenment

Robert Devigne

in Reforming Liberalism: J.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300112429
eISBN:
9780300133905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300112429.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter recounts how John Stuart Mill developed his critique for natural religion and proposed a Religion of Humanity in his political philosophy. The chapter first begins, however, with ... More


Freedom of Speech

John Finnis

in Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199580057
eISBN:
9780191729379
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580057.003.0019
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter contains the text of a 1970 essay which tries to penetrate the ‘region of principles’ spoken of by Mill in On Liberty. The logical analysis of rights shows the vast array of different ... More


Liberty and the Just Moral Conscience

Robert Devigne

in Reforming Liberalism: J.S. Mill's Use of Ancient, Religious, Liberal, and Romantic Moralities

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300112429
eISBN:
9780300133905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300112429.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter examines and analyzes Mill's focus on Plato's attempt to reconcile the goals of creative, wise individuals and the universal good. In On Liberty, for instance, Mill's central argument ... More


Freedom of Speech and Assembly

Geoffrey Marshall

in Constitutional Theory

Published in print:
1980
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198761211
eISBN:
9780191695148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198761211.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter discusses freedom of speech and assembly. It first considers John Stuart Mill's defence of free expression in the essay On Liberty and the implications of his principles. It then ... More


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