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In this essay I will discuss the beliefs of JS Mill Patrick Devlin and Ronald Dworkin These three men hold different yet similar positions on freedom of speech privacy and society First I will illustrate how Dworkins idea of a free society includes more details than Devlins Also how Dworkins moral reasoning is an important aspect of freedom Next I will explain Mills harm principle in relation to Devlin and Dworkin I will also illustrate that Mills principles relate to censorship and drug laws Finally I will relate Mills principle to Devlins and present my rationale for Mill believing in principles that would prove to be sufficient for Devlins free society Ronald Dworkin explains how Devlins criterion for a free society is lacking rational standards for restrictions on freedom These are the ground rules of moral reasoning in Dworkins opinion and are imperative to a free society For example on page 35 regarding homosexuality Devlin states We should ask ourselves in the first instance whether looking at it calmly and dispassionately we regard it as a vice so abominable that its mere presence is an offense If that is the genuine feeling of the society in which we live I do not see how society can be denied the right to eradicate it Dworkin believes that if a large portion of society deems something wrong then this action does not represent society and should be banned Dworkin does not concern himself with the location of the occurrence of the homosexual acts In his opinion if society agrees all homosexual acts should be prohibited Devlin on the other side of the spectrum feels that homosexual acts practiced in the privacy of the home should not be illegal Devlins position illustrates the need for public morality However public morality cannot infringe on a persons right to privacy Also Devlin supports the presumption of individual freedom This means that individual freedom never has to be justified Dworkin examines
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