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On Liberty

John Stuart Mill

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Chapter 1, Introduction

Chapter 2, Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion (Part 1)

Chapter 2, Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion (Part 2)

Chapter 3, Of Individuality, as one of the Elements of Well-being

Chapter 4, Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual

Chapter 5, Applications

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Mill & Truth

by JustMeandMyBalls, December 06, 2013

In the last paragraph of the commentary there is a discussion of Mill's belief in the existence of truth. It is my opinion that the way this last paragraph was written does not adequately represent Mill's understanding of truth. The commentator confuses moral truth and utilitarian truth. The commentary assumes truth on the basis of simple right or wrong, but Mill was a utilitarian. I believe Mill's understanding of truth is one where the 'trueness' of an idea is weighed by its ability to serve the greater good. (The effectual utility that th... Read more


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