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The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 4: Harmless Wrongdoing

Joel Feinberg


Harmless Wrongdoing is the final volume in a four‐volume work entitled The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law that examines the kinds of harm that a state legitimately may make criminal. Of the four liberty‐limiting, or coercion‐legitimizing, principles that Feinberg examines, he accepts only the harm principle and the offense principle as morally relevant reasons for establishing criminal prohibitions. In this fourth volume, Feinberg considers and opposes the principle of legal moralism, according to which legal coercion is legitimate to prevent immoral conduct whether ... More

Keywords: coercion, criminal law, ethics, exploitative principle, harm, liberalism, liberty, moral conservatism, moralism, paternalism, perfectionism, philosophy of law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780195064704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195064704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Feinberg, author
University of Arizona, Tucson