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The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 1: Harm to Others

Joel Feinberg


Harm to Others is the first volume in a four‐volume work entitled The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law that addresses the question, What acts may the state rightly make criminal? Feinberg identifies four liberty‐limiting, or coercion‐legitimizing, principles, each of which is the subject of a volume of his book. In the first volume, Feinberg looks at the principle of harm to others – or the harm principle – which John Stuart Mill identified as the only liberty‐limiting principle. The other principles that Feinberg considers in subsequent volumes are (1) the offense principle: it i ... More

Keywords: consent, harm, harm principle, interests, legal moralism, liberalism, liberty, John Stuart Mill, offense principle, paternalism, rights

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Print publication date: 1987 Print ISBN-13: 9780195046649
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195046641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Feinberg, author
University of Arizona, Tucson

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