John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle: Definition & Examples


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The principle that says only those actions that create harm should be prevented is known as the

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1. The principle that states that actions that create the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people is known as...

2. What types of actions would Mill say should NOT be prevented?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You will be asked to identify principles related to harm and happiness in this quiz and worksheet combo. You'll also be assessed on John Stuart Mill's writing and philosophies on this multiple-choice quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will make sure you can:

  • Identify the principle that states only harmful actions should be prevented
  • Know what types of actions Mills says shouldn't be prevented
  • Recognize the name for the principle that says people should only do things that bring happiness to the most amount of people
  • Recall the name of one of Mill's essays

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on the philosophy of John Stuart Mill
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and interpret information regarding principles relating to harm and happiness
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify John Stuart Mill's writings and ideas

Additional Learning

To learn more about Mill's philosophy, review the accompanying lesson titled John Stuart Mill's Harm Principle: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definitions and examples of harm and offense
  • Three Important Ideas of Mill's philosophy on harm
  • Examples in light of Mill's principle, such as in free speech, arrest and suicide