On Liberty

On Liberty

John Stuart Mill

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In this famous work, John Stuart Mill proposes the idea of "The Harm Principle" which states that: "The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others."

Considered a text of foundational principles for modern liberal democracies, the essay also covers the struggle between liberty and authority, the importance of individuality, the limits of state authority, and the practical application of the harm principle.