The Nature of Man According to John Stuart Mill

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The topic concerning the nature of human beings has been a popular and controversial focus in both social and political thought. The most elaborate view on this subject matter has been argued by an extremely influential philosophical mind whose essay, On Liberty, remains as the essential starting point for discussion of this problem of democratic society.


In the course of On Liberty, Mill states two principles of demarcation. Although Mill raises serious objections to his first principle that suggests that the "only legitimate grounds for social coercion is to prevent someone from doing harm to others" (Mill, 1978, xv), he then suggests its defect by illustrating a second principle of demarcation. Although stating objections to his own principles, Mill attempts to allow the reader to appreciate the problem that he is addressing and to participate in his critical inquiry. (Mill, 1978, xvi) The basic subject of his essay remains a philosophical necessity, as it explains the "nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual". (Mill, 1978, 1) As Mill remains a figure of direct contribution, his inquiries uncover the struggle between liberty and authority. ...
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