In a discussion format, we’ll examine ON LIBERTY, the seminal work by John Stuart Mills analyzing the relative (and often competing) rights of individuals and rights of the community. This work has been described as not only “the most widely read piece of political thought written in the 19th century” but as “the one most relevant to us today.” In this work, Mill asks and tries to answer, what are the rights of individuals and what are the rights of the community? In our own day these questions continue to arise: whether about legalizing drugs, banning pornography, controlling media outlets, or challenging the authority of governing officials and institutions. What could be more relevant? We’ll examine his work in a discussion format, analyzing what we take as the strengths and weaknesses of his position, allowing for differences of opinion concerning these matters.
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