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Essay on Mills theory of Liberty Brilliant exposition of the main themes Well done In outlining his theory on liberty Mill separates his discussion into two clearly defined areas The first of the liberty of thought and discussion deals with the freedom to articulate ones opinions the freedom to participate in intellectual political religious and general debates and arguments and the cognate freedom of the press The second of the liberty of action attempts to demarcate the area in which an individual is free to act upon his will opinions and thoughts In both there is a consistent attempt by Mill to impress upon his readers the manifest benefits that would attend an atmosphere of liberty To Mill one can never be certain about the veracity or mendacity of a certain opinion or viewpoint Any assumption of complete certainty of the truth or falsity of an opinion is an allusion to the infallibility of man In addition those who assume this and consequently stifle an opinion exclude all others from hearing that opinion thereby imposing their own version of certainty as opposed to absolute certainty on them Thus Mill writes We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavouring to stifle is a false opinion and if we were sure stifling it would be an evil still One obvious benefit from allowing an opinion to be expressed would be when that opinion turns out to be true Then the intrinsic value of that truth is the reward of the person who allowed his own opinion to be challenged But more importantly the gain is not confined to the individuals involved in the debate society as a whole benefits from the exposure of a fallacy and the elucidation of a truth Less palpable are the benefits that can be obtained even if the opinion is false Firstly
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