Explain Mill 's Harm Principle Essay

799 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
1. Explain Mill’s Harm Principle. Say what it is, and whether you think it’s a good principle for governments to follow. Use examples.
Harm Principle- The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm from others. This is not a good principle to follow because this is only stating how we should prevent harm from others. This principle does not say anything about harm to oneself, for example, suicide.

2. Explain one of the four reasons Mill gives for why we should have complete freedom of speech. Evaluate the reason you gave – is Mill right? Use examples.
The Argument from Partial Truth- Mill argues that most claims have some truth to them and to silence those claims is a loss of those partial truths. A good example of this takes place in our current political system, the Republicans and Democrats both represent part of the solution. Mill also argues that the party not currently in office is the one we need to give the most attention to because they are reflecting the issues not addressed.

3. Explain the Euthyphro dilemma. Be sure that you show me that you know why it is a dilemma (that is, why each horn of the dilemma appears problematic).
The question of this dilemma ask, is something good because God commands it? Or does God command something because it is good? The problem with the first answer is that anything could be considered good. The problem with the second response…

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