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Gun control and classical liberalism

Is gun control consistent with classical liberalism? Can a classical liberal case be made for restricting this liberty?
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John Stuart Mill “ On Liberty” Chapter 1 Introductory

After reading John Stuart Mill " On Liberty" Chapter 1 Introductory, I was wondering if this would be a good conclusion of his chapter "Freedoms negates society’s propensity to compel compliance."
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How did Wordsworth's poetry cure J.S. Mill (medical?) depression?

I'm not sure Mill signified medical psychiatric depression with his use of 'depression'. Unlearned in poetry, I still don't understand this elixir of Wordsworth's poetry, after reading Mill's own ...
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What are some cases that involve moral themes?

I am searching for a specific case that interests me, where I can discuss Kantian ethics, Utilitarianism (Mill and Bentham), and Aristotle's Virtue Ethics. So far, the cases I have come across on the ...
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What is an appropriate way to solve a Mill's method table, if it exists?

I'm being asked to determine the cause of a phenomenon using Mill's methods and a table of relevant factors. Below is the table: A B C D E Event * * * * * ...
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Mill's Proof and Nozick's Experience Machine

I'm trying to grasp how Mill's claim that the only good is happiness/pleasure is able to respond to Nozick's though experiment. Humans strive for virtue and other goods only if they are associated ...
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Can we separate ideas (utilitarianism, social contract) from their primary associated philosophers (Mill, Rousseau)?

I've run into some difficulty discussing utilitarianism and the social contract because the typical response is something specific to Mill or Rousseau. It's not quite ad hominem argument -- they're ...
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Mill's proof of utilitarianism: moving from the individual to the aggregate

OK, so: In Utilitarianism, specifically Chapter IV, Mill claims that ...each person’s happiness is a good to that person, and the general happiness, therefore, a good to the aggregate of all ...
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Is John Stuart Mill's quality/quantity of pleasure distinction consistent with utilitarian hedonism?

Source: p 82 Middle, Ethics: A Very Short Introduction (2001) by Simon Blackburn. There is something a bit deflating about Bentham’s picture. It suggests a life of monotonous hedonism, fit only ...
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Are there others that hold the same opinion on Freedom of Speech that Mill holds?

“In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a ...
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Did Easterlin paradox and Scitovsky joyless economy disprove utilitarianism?

Utilitarianism is defined as follows: Utilitarianism is a theory in normative ethics holding that the best moral action is the one that maximizes utility. Utility is defined in various ways, but is ...
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Why did Mill reference those who inhabit the more, rather than LESS, civilized parts of the world?

Preface: First encountering this quote on p 150, Philosophy: A Complete Introduction (2012) by Prof. Sharon Kaye MA PhD (in Philosophy, U. Toronto), I already tried the paraphrase on p 40 of 78 of the ...
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What are some alternatives to Mill's induction methods?

I have been taught that Mill's methods for identification of causes (agreement, difference, etc.) only apply when we can define our universe of possible causes very strictly (i.e., when we know all ...
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Why should you remain committed to a principle if it succeeded in the past, but not if you know not its efficacy?

CAUTION: Please edit this question's title, which I probably miswrote as I do not understand the quote below. Source: pp 49-50, Philosophy ; A Very Short Introduction (2002) by Edward Craig.   So ...