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Toleration and Freedom from Harm: Liberalism Reconceived

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2018.04.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andrew Jason Cohen, Toleration and Freedom from Harm: Liberalism Reconceived, Routledge, 2018, 217 pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138631588. Reviewed by Peter de Marneffe, Arizona State University The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection. . . . The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. You might recognize this passage. It is from the first chapter of Mill's On Liberty. Andrew Jason Cohen agrees with it. He presents it four times in his book as a block quote (3, 48, 83, 103). The principle stated by Mill's passage is known as the harm principle. Cohen accepts this principle. He believes it,... Read More

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