Bogen, James; Farrell, Daniel M.
October 1978
Philosophical Quarterly;Oct78, Vol. 28 Issue 113, p325
Academic Journal
The article describes John Stuart's defense of harm principle which govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control. Mill's defense of harm principle is interesting not only because it is aimed at establishing such an uncompromising doctrine of individual autonomy but also because it is aimed at establishing that doctrine on strictly utilitarian rounds: his defence of the harm principle will be based solely on the principle of utility, Mill says, the principle that an action is right if it tends to promote at least as much happiness as any alternative action that is open to the agent and wrong if it does not.


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