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John Stuart Mill 's Theory

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John Stuart Mill’s theory touches upon power and its limits when it comes to society and how they express that over the individual. Throughout this theory, Mill is clear to address that his definition of liberty is not adequate for all individuals nor societies. His theory can also be used to support the first amendment although there are limits to that expression. Throughout this essay I will elaborate on John Stuart Mill’s theory and his way of justifying free speech rights. I will also explain on how he limits those rights and will argue that his theory can handle nuisances.
In The liberal argument from On Liberty, states that its “main principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion” (Feinberg, 438). This theory is used to govern the way a particular society is constructed and how it is governed. Each individual that plays part in this community also takes equal responsibility to act a certain way and to keep one another in line to live up to a standard. If failed to follow this social contract, the consequences are to get one in trouble through the legal system or by what the majority thinks is best.
“That principle, that the sole end for which mankind is warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.
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