A comparison of on liberty by john stuart mill and civilization and its discontents by sigmund freud

On one hand, the structure and institutions of civil society can be viewed as necessary, largely because they provide protection to every individual from the unrestricted desires and behavior of others, and of the masses.

Civilization and its Discontents

Whereas Mill believed that civilization is such a beneficial structure that less civilized peoples have no autonomous rights against more civilized societies that desire to control impose their civilization on them, Freud maintained that civilization actually exerts a tremendous price on the individual.

But Mill strictly differentiated the respective rights of any peoples against foreign intervention by virtue of his notion of civilization.

Therefore, to Mill, not only is civilization beneficial to mankind, but it is so beneficial that its delayed development in any region necessarily justifies its acceleration, even through the imposition of foreign nations at their whim.

On one hand, formal institutions and social structure and hierarchies provide certain social controls and protections; on the other hand, they do so only at a very substantial price to the individual.

On the other hand, some of the worst examples of human behavior might be substantially attributable to the social and psychological dynamics inherent in group societies and communities.

However, Mill fails to propose any conceptual approach for recognizing the limits of what kinds of harm justify protection and fails to define concepts such as offensive, ultimately providing no help in understanding what standards or whose standards justify interference with individual liberty.

Since there can be no question that civilized society in preferable to uncivilized society and that life for the individual living in a civilized society in incomparably better that life for the individual living in a barbarous society, the ancient Romans and the modern British alike were equally morally justified in imposing their respective social order on foreign peoples who still lacked civilization.

In that sense, on Liberty advanced political philosophy because it expanded the notion of what rights are entitled to protection. Mill recognized the sovereign rights of other "civilised" societies and expressly acknowledged that only "defensive" purposes justified interference in foreign affairs and never "aggressive" purposes.

To justify that position, Mill cites the Ancient Roman conquests of Dacia, Gaul, Numidia, and Spain and asks, rhetorically, whether it can be argued that any of those civilizations suffered for having been taken over by superior civilizations that shared their culture with them and ultimately inspired and made possible their ascension from barbarism to civility as nations and peoples.

The only moral laws for the relation between a civilized and a barbarous government are the universal rules of morality between man and man. MILL The relationship between man and society has interested philosophers for millennia.

Civilization and Its Discontents PDF

The classic liberal perspective, such as that outlined in great detail by John Stuart Mill, regards the state as a protector of the individual but considers the inherent existence of oppositional ideas and social forces as a precondition of moral and political progress in society.

His first rationale for suspending the ordinary restrictions on foreign intervention in sovereign territory was that without the expectation or hope of reciprocity, there was no corresponding moral rule against interference.

By that, Freud seems to suggest that the main pillar upon which Judeo-Christian societies depend provides only an illusory standard that merely deflect the instincts it was intended to control. According to Freud, modern society is the source of personal angst or discontent by virtue of the many pressures and obligations imposed on individuals by society.

Meanwhile, the contrary view, such as that espoused by Sigmund Freud, suggests that civilization does not confer exclusively positive benefits on the individuals in society.

More importantly, Freud goes on to argue that "…anyone who follows such a precept in present-day civilization only puts himself at a disadvantage vis-a-vis the person who disregards it.

To Mill, the development and evolution of moral and political progress are merely long-term reflections of the manner and degree to which civilized societies manage to recognize and balance the respective differences of ideas and social forces that exist within large communities of individuals.

For example, Mill does succeed in providing a philosophically flexible and nearly comprehensive view of what types of "harms" every person in society deserves to expect protection from by the state.Like John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, Freud examines the effects of societal restrictions on individuals and highlights potential issues.

Like Mills, Freud first examines the origin of societal constructs that limit behavior. This “Civilization and Its Discontents” PDF can be viewed, downloaded and printed. The author of this book is Sigmund Freud. This PDF is within the public domain, therefore can be used for personal usage.

Civilization and Its Discontents [Sigmund Freud] on mint-body.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Reprint of the American edition. In this seminal book, Sigmund Freud enumerates the fundamental tensions between civilization and the individual/5(). Kjøp boken Civilization and its Discontents av Sigmund Freud (ISBN ) hos mint-body.com Fri frakt fra kr.

Vi har mer enn 10 millioner bøker, finn din neste leseopplevelse i dag! Alltid lave priser, fri frakt over ,- | Adlibris. Whereas Mill believed that civilization is such a beneficial structure that less civilized peoples have no autonomous rights against more civilized societies that desire to control impose their civilization on them, Freud maintained that civilization actually exerts a tremendous price on the individual.

On Liberty, John Stuart Mill (Pearson) Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud (Norton) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard (Grove).

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