Rights to Liberty in Purely Private Matters

@article{Riley1989RightsTL,
  title={Rights to Liberty in Purely Private Matters},
  author={Jonathan David Charles Riley},
  journal={Economics and Philosophy},
  year={1989},
  volume={5},
  pages={121 - 166}
}
  • J. Riley
  • Published 1 October 1989
  • History
  • Economics and Philosophy
John Stuart Mill provides a classic defense of individual and group rights to liberty with respect to purely private or self-regarding matters: The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself … directly, and in the first instance, … his independence is, of right, absolute.… From this liberty of each individual, follows the liberty, within the same limits, of combination among individuals… 

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