Mill and the Liberal Rejection of Legal Moralism

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

Authors
Piers Norris Turner
Ohio State University
Abstract
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
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 64,291
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Mill's Deliberative Utilitarianism.David O. Brink - 1992 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 21 (1):67-103.
Moral Paternalism.Gerald Dworkin - 2004 - Law and Philosophy 24 (3):305-319.
John Stuart Mill.Alan Ryan - 1986 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 20:169-169.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Legal Moralism and Retribution Revisited.Jeffrie G. Murphy - 2007 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 1 (1):5-20.
New Legal Moralism: Some Strengths and Challenges.Thomas Søbirk Petersen - 2010 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 4 (2):215-232.
Towards a Modest Legal Moralism.R. A. Duff - 2014 - Criminal Law and Philosophy 8 (1):217-235.
Legal Moralism and Freefloating Evils.Joel Feinberg - 1980 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 61 (1/2):122.
Realism, Liberal Moralism and a Political Theory of Modus Vivendi.John Horton - 2010 - European Journal of Political Theory 9 (4):431-448.
Legal Moralism Reconsidered.Carl F. Cranor - 1979 - Ethics 89 (2):147-164.
An Epistemic Case for Legal Moralism.Robert E. Goodin - 2010 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 30 (4):615-633.
Mills Liberalism and Liberalism's Posterity.John Gray - 2000 - The Journal of Ethics 4 (1-2):137-165.
Mill in a Liberal Landscape.Alan Ryan - 1998 - In John Skorupski (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Mill. Cambridge University Press. pp. 497--540.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-01-14

Total views
60 ( #180,027 of 2,456,061 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #449,366 of 2,456,061 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes