Broadening Mill's Concept of Harm-Prevention

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

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Note 19 to Chapter 4 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.

But even this broader formulation does not satisfy Brown who thinks that it does not cover the failure to bear one's fair share in the joint work necessary to the interest of society. But perhaps Brown interprets this rather broadly. Mill limits the "fair share" to actions within the social domain.

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