On Liberty
On Liberty
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"On Liberty," a seminal work by philosopher John Stuart Mill. Mill felt there were no definite standards for defining what society has standing to regulate and punish, and what is solely the business of individual to choose for themselves, if they accept the consequences to themselves. It is a discussion that needs to be remembered, and it is a discussion that needs to be revived in the modern world. Liberty still matters.
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Aug 17, 2014
2 min
On Liberty Chapter 5
CHAPTER V. APPLICATIONS.  "The principles asserted in these pages must be more generally admitted as the basis for discussion of details, before a consistent application of them to all the various departments of government and morals can be attempted with any prospect of advantage. The few observations I propose to make on questions of detail, are designed to illustrate the principles, rather than to follow them out to their consequences."
Jun 30, 2014
1 hr
On Liberty Chapter 4
CHAPTER IV. OF THE LIMITS TO THE AUTHORITY OF SOCIETY OVER THE INDIVIDUAL. "What, then, is the rightful limit to the sovereignty of the individual over himself? Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and how much to society?"
Jun 30, 2014
57 min
On Liberty Chapter 3 Part 2
Chapter 3 - OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  Part 2 of 2 "Having said that Individuality is the same thing with development, and that it is only the cultivation of individuality which produces, or can produce, well-developed human beings, I might here close the argument: for what more or better can be said of any condition of human affairs, than that it brings human beings themselves nearer to the best thing they can be? or what worse can be said of any obstruction to good, than that it prevents this?"
Jun 30, 2014
31 min
On Liberty Chapter 3 Part 1
Chapter 3 - OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  Part 1 of 2 "Such being the reasons which make it imperative that human beings should be free to form opinions, and to express their opinions without reserve; and such the baneful consequences to the intellectual, and through that to the moral nature of man, unless this liberty is either conceded, or asserted in spite of prohibition; let us next examine whether the same reasons do not require that men should be free to act upon their opinions—to carry these out in their lives, without hindrance, either physical or moral, from their fellow-men, so long as it is at their own risk and peril."
Jun 30, 2014
25 min
On Liberty Chapter 2 Part 4
Chapter 2 - OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  Part 4 of 4 "In politics, again, it is almost a commonplace, that a party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life; until the one or the other shall have so enlarged its mental grasp as to be a party equally of order and of progress, knowing and distinguishing what is fit to be preserved from what ought to be swept away."
Jun 30, 2014
24 min
On Liberty Chapter 2 Part 3
Chapter 2 - OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  Part 3 "To abate the force of these considerations, an enemy of free discussion may be supposed to say, that there is no necessity for mankind in general to know and understand all that can be said against or for their opinions by philosophers and theologians. That it is not needful for common men to be able to expose all the misstatements or fallacies of an ingenious opponent."
Jun 30, 2014
29 min
On Liberty Chapter 2 Part 2
Chapter 2 - OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  Part 2 "Aware of the impossibility of defending the use of punishment for restraining irreligious opinions, by any argument which will not justify Marcus Antoninus, the enemies of religious freedom, when hard pressed, occasionally accept this consequence, and say, with Dr. Johnson, that the persecutors of Christianity were in the right ..."
Jun 30, 2014
30 min
On Liberty Chapter 2 Part 1
Chapter 2 - OF THE LIBERTY OF THOUGHT AND DISCUSSION.  Part 1 "... Let us suppose, therefore, that the government is entirely at one with the people, and never thinks of exerting any power of coercion unless in agreement with what it conceives to be their voice. But I deny the right of the people to exercise such coercion, either by themselves or by their government. The power itself is illegitimate. "
Jun 30, 2014
32 min
On Liberty  Chapter 1
Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTORY "The subject of this Essay is not the so-called Liberty of the Will, so unfortunately opposed to the misnamed doctrine of Philosophical Necessity; but Civil, or Social Liberty: the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual." Book Theme: Tschaikovski Opus 40 from Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com
Jun 30, 2014
38 min