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JOHN STUART MILL
Harvard Classics Volume 25
Copyright 1909 P.F. Collier & Son
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Differences were corrected against the paper edition. The
text itself is thus a highly accurate rendition. The
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This text is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN, released September 1993.
THE subject of this Essay is not the so-called Liberty
of the Will, so unfortunately opposed to the mis-
named doctrine of Philosophical Necessity; but Civil,
or Social Liberty: the nature and limits of the power which
can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual.
A question seldom stated, and hardly ever discussed, in gen-
eral terms, but which profoundly . . .