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The Internet Wiretap online edition of ON LIBERTY by JOHN STUART MILL Harvard Classics Volume 25 Copyright 1909 P.F. Collier & Son Prepared by <dell@wiretap.spies.com> About the online edition. This was scanned from the 1909 edition and mechanically checked against a commercial copy of the text from CDROM. Differences were corrected against the paper edition. The text itself is thus a highly accurate rendition. The footnotes were entered manually. This text is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN, released September 1993. CHAPTER I INTRODUCTORY 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 . . .