Discussing on Relationship between Freedom and Authority --- Comments on the History of Liberalism and John Stuart Mill's <>

Jianzhong Dai


The relationship between freedom and authority is an eternal theme discussing in the meaning of political philosophy. As early as in ancient Greek and Roman period the thinkers begin to discuss this issue precisely. Authority is a kind of invasion to freedom and the freedom also is an inevitable erosion to authority. There are contradictions between freedom and authority and at the same meaning they are mutually compatible. The relationship between freedom and authority constitute a history of liberalism. This article, discusses the relationship between freedom and authority historically, analysis Mill's contribution to liberalism, explore the limitations of the liberal idea of Mill and Green, amended the liberal scheme comprehensively.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ass.v5n8p131

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