‘I’m Not Hurting Anyone’: Hard Cases for the Harm Principle


The Humanities and Social Sciences “Taster” Unit is a short, 8-week, public lecture series, offered for the first time in 2017. It includes lectures drawn from the first-year schedules in courses offered at UTAS in English, History, Philosophy, and Sociology.

Start Date

5th Apr 2017 6:00pm

End Date

5th Apr 2017 7:30pm


Room 108 Rory Spence VOS Construction LT, Architecture Building, Inveresk campus

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Have you ever wanted to have a "taste" of university life? Maybe you’ve thought about enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Science but were unsure what you’d find if you did. Perhaps you’re a college student thinking about the next step towards uni. Or maybe you’re just looking for some fun intellectual stimulation on a Wednesday evening.

‘I’m Not Hurting Anyone’:  Hard Cases for the Harm Principle

Presented by

Dr Michael Kidd

Should we each be free to do anything we wish, as long as we don’t harm other people? The 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen held that we should, and many liberal political thinkers have agreed ever since.  In this lecture, Dr Michael Kidd explores some of the hard cases that arise when the Harm principle is put into practice. Suitable for those with an interest in the relationship between law and ethics.

Click here for more information or to view the full semester 1 program.