Monday, March 10, 2014
Harm Principle (Sorry for the late post. I fell asleep while I was typing.)
Mill's harm principle is when a person may be punished when his/her actions cause harm to others. Does Mill's harm principle make any sense? For example, there is a famous water brand called Fiji. Many people buy and drink Fiji water. What they don't know is that the actual people in Fiji can't get safe drinking water because they are buying it all. If we apply the Harm Principle here, everyone who purchases Fiji brand water causes harm to people of Fiji and should be punished. The problem here is that the buyers of Fiji water don't know that they're acquisition of the product causes harm to other people. In actuality one could list several situations where the actions of people cause harm to others, where the causers don't know that their actions cause harm to others. So the question to ponder, is should the ignorant causers be punished?