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The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self

Joel Feinberg


This is the third volume of The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law, a four‐volume series in which Joel Feinberg addresses a complex question: What kinds of conduct may the state make criminal without infringing on the moral autonomy of individual citizens? In Harm to Self, Feinberg discusses various problems about self‐inflicted harm, covering topics such as legal paternalism, personal sovereignty and its boundaries, voluntariness and assumptions of risk, consent and its counterfeits, coercive force, incapacity, and choice of death.

Keywords: consent, criminal law, harm, philosophy of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1989 Print ISBN-13: 9780195059236
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195059239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Feinberg, author
University of Arizona, Tucson