Mill's On Liberty

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1. Which of the following is not a reason Mill gives for why we should not stifle opinion?

  • it may be true but the real meaning may be lost 'deep slumber of decided opinion'
  • most views hold part of the truth but not all and need combining with others
  • suppression only encourages heresy
  • it may be true 'it is complete freedom to refute which allows us to assume its truth for the purposes of action'
  • it may be true but 'if it is not fully, frequently and fearlessly discussed, it will be held as dead dogma, not a living truth'
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2. Where does Mill say 'everyone who receives the protection of society owes a return for the benefit'?

  • IV
  • III

3. Why is individuality important to society?

  • it is 'quite the chief ingredient of individual and social progress'
  • we need odd people to challenge custom

4. What is 'the chief mischief of legal penalties'?

  • 'they strengthen social stigma'
  • 'they punish where they ought not'

5. What are Mill's three criteria for freedom and where are they found?

  • lib of conscience (freedom of opinion), lib of tastes and pursuits and lib to form associations IV
  • lib of conscience (freedom of opinion), lib of tastes and pursuits and lib to form asociations II

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