John Stuart Mill 's Profound Work On Liberty

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In John Stuart Mill’s profound work On Liberty, he preaches against the conformity of the nations and outwardly encourages and restlessly defends voice of the individual. The philosopher expresses the importance of individuality by warning against forces such as the government and other citizens silencing their opinion. Though Mill gives due recognition to virtues such as free speech, liberty, and individualism, he also rightly places limitations on our freedoms to ensure that they do not infringe upon the ones of those around us. In essence, I believe that Mill’s insightfully provides a logical answer to society on how to live and how to allow others to live; freely unless harm will ensue. By Mill 's statement that, “[i]f all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind” one can gain insights into the assumptions his argument is grounded upon, his justification for these assumptions, the limitations that should rightly be placed on free speech, and my overall opinion on Mill’s argument on free speech. Assumptions are by definition “an idea or notion” that is outwardly known and accepted as the truth (“Assumptions”). Mill places his argument for free speech on a basis of numerous assumptions, one of which is utility. This is an assumption of Mill’s argument because he does not question that allowing others to speak freely is useful. The notion…
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