Rees on Self-Regarding Conduct

Chin Liew Ten, Professor of Philosophy, National University of Singapore

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Note 10 to Chapter 2 of the author's Mill on Liberty, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author and of the Clarendon Press, which retains copyright.

Rees draws attention to this passage and acknowledges that Mill is here conceding that self-regarding conduct can affect the interests of others, though not "directly" or "primarily". However, he thinks that to explore these distinctions would be to make Mill's principle extremely complicated, contrary to Mill's remark that his principle is "very simple". Cf. Rees, Re-Reading, p. 100.

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