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J.S. Mill och bestraffningar av "self-regarding acts"
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Center for Social Analysis (CESAM).
2006 (English)In: Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, ISSN 0039-0747, Vol. 108, no 3, p. 235-247Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

J. S. Mill and punishment of 'self-regarding acts'. In his famous essay On LJberty,]ohn Stuart Mill divides individual acts in two categories; acts that only harm the acting individual himself, and acts that harms other individuals. The former is called 'self-regarding acts' and the latter is called 'other-regarding acts'. There has been a long debate between famous scholars about how to interpret Mill at this point. Some argue that Mill permit that (i) only other-regarding acts could be punished, and other argue that Mill support that (ii) even self-regarding acts could be punished. I argue that Mill could not hold both of the positions at the same time, and if he does he must be guilty of a severe inconsistency. The analysis shows that interpretation (ii) is most reasonable. One conclusion that follows is that Mills liberalism is not ";radically individualistic";, it is instead a perfectionistic form of political liberalism, including both radical and communitarian ideas.

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Lund: Fahlbeckska Stiftelsen , 2006. Vol. 108, no 3, p. 235-247
Keywords [en]
John Stuart Mill, Frihet, Individualism, Mänskliga rättigheter, Straffpåföljd, Straff, Filosofi, Politiska åskådningar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1518Local ID: 2082/1898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1518DiVA, id: diva2:238736
Available from: 2008-06-11 Created: 2008-06-11 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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