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Philosophy March 27
Last day: Harm Principle: Nobody can stop you from harming yourself. They
may council, suggest, etc., but ultimately it is your decision
Freedom of speech
o Some speech can offend religious sensibilities
o Someone who is not religious makes comments about a certain faith-
the faith that they are commenting on has a theory that “you never
question your faith”. If we offend a particular faith, do we have a right
to do that in freedom of expression? What if the people of that faith
say you are harming us by those comments? Who is right? Do we
have an ultimate right to offend them? Or is it wrong to harm them
therefore you don’t have the right?
o This is a conflict of rights- the right of conflict of expression and the
right of not harming others
o This is the tension that arises from Mill’s principle
Mill p495
“I`m deprived of the opportunity for exchanging error for truth”
o If we are silencing your view (we never even come to know your
view)
o You would never find out the truth
o “If the opinion is right, they (me) are deprived of the opportunity for
exchanging error for truth”
o Missing out on the recognition that you are wrong
The collision of views
o Because I hear your view, through all of that I now come to
understand that my view was false
o But if I don’t go through that collision, a robust dialogue, you lose out
on something
o This is the
first permutation
“If wrong, they lose what is almost a great a benefit. The clear perception
and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error”
o Second permutation
o Mill worries about
dogmatism-
human beings assuming that they are
infallible
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