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The Seven Best Philosophy Books on Freedom/Liberty

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From beginner-friendly introductions to classic books on freedom, this page features philosophy books to suit any learning style. It’s important to note that there is no single best book on freedom. The best book for you will depend heavily on your preferred learning style and the amount of time/energy you’re willing to spend reading. For example, if you tend to find classic works of philosophy difficult to understand, you might want to start with a short, beginner-friendly introduction. If you prefer more depth, you can choose a more comprehensive introduction …

The Harm of Silencing Minority Opinions – a short reading from John Stuart Mill’s ‘On Liberty’

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If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. In chapter 2 of On Liberty [1859], John Stuart Mill discusses free speech and censorship – particularly censorship which aims to suppress minority opinions. He gives four reasons for maintaining free speech and opposing censorship: A censored opinion may be true Even if it is literally false, it …