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Harm to Others (Moral Limits of the Criminal Law) (v. 1) First Printing Edition

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ISBN-10: 0195034090
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"Joel Feinberg is a political and social philosopher of major importance....Virtually everyone who has written about legal and moral responsibility during the past fifteen years owes him a significant debt." --Harvard Law Review


"Illuminates and advances the discussion of all the issues it touches. It is certainly a major contribution that will require consideration for years to come." --Law and Philosophy


"Feinberg's treatment of these issues is probably as thorough, clear, and sophisticated as any that exist. The book is superbly and engagingly written and filled with good sense. It is illuminating not only of problems of philosophical analysis and normative theory, but also of more concrete policy issues....An extremely useful book. The four volumes together will doubtless comprise the most impressive treatment of their topic ever achieved." --Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


"An extremely useful book. Many important topics are discussed carefully, sensibly, and with erudition. The four volumes together will doubtless comprise the most impressive treatment of the topic ever achieved."--Philosophy and Phenomenological Research


--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

The first volume in Joel Feinberg's four-volume series "The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law, Harm to Others" focuses on the "harm principle," the commonsense view that prevention of harm to persons other than the perpetrator is a legitimate purpose of coercive legislation. Feinberg presents a detailed analysis of the concept and definition of harm and applies it to a host of practical and theoretical issues, showing how the harm principle must be interpreted if it is to be a plausible guide to the lawmaker. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Moral Limits of the Criminal Law
  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Printing edition (July 5, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195034090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195034097
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,093,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the most important efforts to analyze Miil's harm principle in order to articulate a politically liberal conception of criminal law. It's great flaw is that, in order to stretch the harm principle far enough to include everything Feinberg thinks ought to be criminalized and exclude everything he thinks ought not to be criminalized, Feinberg fashions a principle which has little connection with what Mill said and what others who speak of the harm principle mean. What Feinberg really shows, without admitting it or even seeing it, is that Mill's harm principle is unworkable. Nonetheless, this book is a classic.
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By A Customer on September 1, 1999
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This is a really great book, a marvelous analysis fot people who want to harm others without harming themselves. Especially insightful is the chapter about harming the dead.
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