On Liberty (Dover Thrift Editions)

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On Liberty (Dover Thrift Editions) Author John Stuart Mill
ISBN-10 0486421309
ISBN-13 9780486421308
Year 2002-06-19
Pages 112
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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Discussed and debated from time immemorial the concept of personal liberty went without codification until the 1859 publication of On Liberty John Stuart Mill s complete and resolute dedication to the cause of freedom inspired this treatise an enduring work through which the concept remains well known and studied The British economist philosopher and ethical theorist s argument does not focus on the so called Liberty of the Willbut Civil or Social Liberty the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual Mill asks and answers provocative questions relating to the boundaries of social authority and individual sovereignty In powerful and persuasive prose he declares that there is one very simple principle regarding the use of coercion in society one may only coerce others either to defend oneself or to defend others from harm The new edition offers students of political science and philosophy in an inexpensive volume one of the most influential studies on the nature of individual liberty and its role in a democratic society

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