On Liberty and Utilitarianism

ISBN-10: 0553214144

ISBN-13: 9780553214147

Edition: 1993

Authors: John Stuart Mill, Alan M. Dershowitz, John Stuart Mill

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Together, these two essays mark the philosophic cornerstone of democratic morality and represent a thought-provoking search for the true balance between the rights of the individual and the power of the state.  Thoroughly schooled in the principles of the utilitarian movement founded by Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill nevertheless brings his own unique intellectual energy to issues such individual freedom, equality, authority, happiness, justice, and virtue. On Liberty is Mill's famous examination of the nature of individuality and its crucial role in any social system that expected to remain creative and vital.  Utilitarian brilliantly expounds a pragmatic ethic based on one controversial proposition:  actions are right only if they promote the common good and wrong if they do not.  While much of Mill's thinking was eventually adopted by socialists, it is in today's democratic societies--with their troubling issues of crime, freedom of speech, and the boundaries of personal liberty--that his work resounds most powerfully.
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List price: $7.50
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, attended college and law school at Stanford University, has been married to John O'Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. She was Arizona state senator from 1969-1975, and she served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1979-1981. Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.Attorney and bestselling author Alan M. Dershowitz was first in his class at Yale Law School. Dershowitz was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and the youngest full professor in the history of Harvard Law School. He is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dershowitz has represented many controversial clients, including O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley and Patricia Hearst. His books include Reasonable Doubt (about the O. J. Simpson trial) and Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis.

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On Liberty
Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion
Of Individuality, as one of the Elements of Well-being
Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individual
General Remarks
What Utilitarianism is
Of the Ultimate Sanction of the Principle of Utility
Of what sort of Proof the Principle of Utility is Susceptible
Of the Connection between Justice and Utility
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