Mill and the Liberal Rejection of Legal Moralism

History of Philosophy Quarterly 32 (1):79-99 (2015)

Piers Norris Turner
Ohio State University
This article examines John Stuart Mill's position as the principal historical opponent of legal moralism. I argue that inattention to the particular form of his opposition to legal moralism has muddied the interpretation of his liberty principle. Specifically, Mill does not endorse what I call the illegitimacy thesis, according to which appeals to harmless wrongdoings, whether or not they exist, are illegitimate in the justification of legal interference.
Keywords John Stuart Mill  Harm Principle  Liberty Principle
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