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Justice for Barbarians

  • Chin Liew Ten
Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Abstract

In his essay On Liberty, Mill famously argued for a restriction in the type of reasons that may be invoked in order to justify coercive social or legal intervention with the conduct of individuals: ‘That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others’ (CW XVIII, p. 223). He immediately specifies the scope of his view by maintaining that ‘this doctrine is meant to apply only to human beings in the maturity of their faculties,’ and not to children or ‘young persons below the age which the law may fix as that of manhood or womanhood’ (CW XVIII, p. 224). He further excludes, for the same reason, the application of the doctrine from ‘those backward states of society in which the race itself may be considered in its nonage’ (CW XVIII, p. 224).

Keywords

Collect Work East India Company Female Infanticide English Settler Civilized Community 
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