Tony Fitzpatrick

in Applied ethics and social problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348609
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301479 | DOI:

Show Summary Details


Mill's utilitarian liberalism provides the framework for this chapter. According to Mill, people are entitled to interfere with the actions of individuals for reasons of self-protection only. This chapter examines Mill's harm principle and attempts to apply this to issues of smoking and drug taking. The author issues a cautionary warning about overmedicalising debates about ‘bad habits’ and argues that health and expenditure considerations should not be ignored, especially where harm to others is involved, but there is more to life than its prolongation.

Keywords: Mill; utilitarian liberalism; harm principle; smoking; drug taking; bad habits

Chapter.  8409 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.