John Stuart Mill was a 19th century English philosopher. Mill wrote supporting the defense of individual liberty in terms of social utility. Mill was concerned with defending the freedom of the individual against the power of society, and the freedom of minorities against the power of the majority. Mill developed the "harm principle", which states that each individual has the right to act as he wants, so long as these actions do not harm others. If the act only affects the person undertaking the action, then society has no right to intervene.
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About the Author
Mark Philp is Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. His recent books include Political Conduct (Harvard UP, 2007) and Reforming Ideas in Britain (CUP, 2013). For Oxford World's Classics he has edited Paine's Rights of Man, Common Sense, and Other Political Writings, Godwin's An Enquiry concerning Political Justice and with Frederick Rosen, John Stuart Mill's On Liberty, Utilitarianism and Other Essays.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
Note on the Text
A Chronology of John Stuart Mill
Appendix: Additional Textual Material
Index and Glossary of Persons