Single Idea 7222

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / g. Moral responsibility]

Full Idea

The making himself drunk, in a person whom drunkenness excites to do harm to others, is a crime against others.

Gist of Idea

It is a crime for someone with a violent disposition to get drunk


John Stuart Mill (On Liberty [1857], Ch.5)

Book Reference

Mill,John Stuart: 'Utilitarianism (including On Liberty etc)', ed/tr. Warnock,Mary [Fontana 1962], p.230

A Reaction

This principle (based on knowing your own dispositions) is a very good account of the ethics drunkenness. We have a moral duty to know and remember our own dispositions. Violent people should avoid arguments as well as alcohol.