Autonomy pp 117-139 | Cite as


  • Richard Lindley
Part of the Issues in Political Theory book series (IPT)


In the paragraph immediately succeeding his statement of the Liberty Principle, which speaks of the complete sovereignty of the individual over his own life. Mill wrote the following:

‘It is perhaps hardly necessary lo say that this doctrine is meant to apply only to human beings in the maturity of their faculties. We are not speaking of children, or of young persons below the age which the law may fix as that of manhood or womanhood. Those who are still in a state to require being taken care of by others must be protected against their own actions as well as against external injury.’ (Mill, 1859, p.73)


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