On the left: a painting of John Stuart Mill. On the right: itle page of the first edition of On Liberty (1859) by John Stuart Mill.

The Foundation of Free Speech? John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty 


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

Often cited as one of the most celebrated defenses of free speech ever written, John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty makes its case on the basis of utility rather than natural rights. But is Mill’s argument sound? We’ll attempt to find out as we consider his argument in detail. Please read chapter 1 prior to the first class.

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Online registration deadline: Thursday, August 25 pm CT

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