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Liberty and Protection of Society During a Pandemic: Revisiting John Stuart Mill (2021)


John Stuart Mill’s classic text, On Liberty, maps the scope and limits on individual freedom. His “harm principle”—that liberty can be legitimately restricted by government or society only to prevent harm to others—has had a great influence on contemporary public health ethics. This essay examines Mill’s philosophy of liberty as it pertains to public health interventions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Particular applications include examination of face masks, lockdowns, and mandatory vaccination.

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Authors & Contributors
Adcock, Robert
McDonald, Kate
Poliana Maia
Justi, Rosaria
Monique Santos
Charters, Erica M.
Journal of Asian Studies
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Social Studies of Science
Journal of Global History
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Science and Education
Oxford University Press
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Public health
Medicine and politics
Medicine and society
Political science
Tocqueville, Alexis de
Mill, John Stuart
Time Periods
21st century
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain

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