• Offense to Others
    Oxford University Press USA. 1985.
    The second volume in Joel Feinberg's series The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law, Offense to Others focuses on the "offense principle," which maintains that preventing shock, disgust, or revulsion is always a morally relevant reason for legal prohibitions. Feinberg clarifies the concept of an "offended mental state" and further contrasts the concept of offense with harm. He also considers the law of nuisance as a model for statutes creating "morals offenses," showing its inadequacy as a model fo…Read more
  • Harm to Others
    Oxford University Press USA. 1987.
    This first volume in the four-volume series The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law focuses on the "harm principle," the commonsense view that prevention of harm to persons other than the perpetrator is a legitimate purpose of criminal 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.
  • Harm to Self
    with Donald Vandeveer
    Ethics 98 (3): 550-565. 1988.
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    Freedom and Fulfillment: Philosophical Essays. 1992. Reprint
    with Carl Wellman
    Philosophical Review 105 (3): 413. 1996.
    This is a third volume of philosophical essays by Joel Feinberg. It exemplifies the clear and elegant formulation, useful conceptual distinctions, perceptive and imaginative insights, and powerful argument we have come to expect from him. Each of the first twelve essays deals with a problem of importance to moral philosophy and philosophy of law; the last two provide a preliminary taste of his projected inquiry into the absurd. Although these essays are diverse, Feinberg informs us that this vol…Read more
  • Commentaries
    Journal of Value Inquiry 4 (4): 282. 1970.
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    Absurd self-fulfillment
    In Peter van Inwagen (ed.), Time and Cause, D. Reidel. pp. 255--281. 1980.
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    The Interest in liberty on the scales
    In A. I. Goldman & I. Kim (eds.), Values and Morals, D. Reidel. pp. 21--35. 1978.
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    Action and responsibility
    In Max Black (ed.), Philosophy in America, Cornell University Press. pp. 134--160. 1965.
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    In Defence of Moral Rights
    Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 12 (2): 149-169. 1992.
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    Wollaston and His Critics
    Journal of the History of Ideas 38 (2): 345. 1977.
    This article defends the ethical theory of william wollaston against the objections of hume and later writers who uncritically accepted hume's account of what wollaston said. I then argue that the true flaws in wollaston's view that all wrongdoing is false representing are that it cannot explain why some immoral acts are worse than others, And it presupposes antecedent moral principles of a different kind. I conclude that wollaston's theory, While failing as a general account of all immorality, …Read more
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    The mistreatment of dead bodies
    Hastings Center Report 15 (1): 31-37. 1985.
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    Legal Paternalism
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 1 (1). 1971.
    The principle of legal paternalism justifies state coercion to protect individuals from self-inflicted harm, or in its extreme version, to guide them, whether they like it or not, toward their own good. Parents can be expected to justify their interference in the lives of their children on the ground that “daddy knows best.” legal paternalism seems to imply that since the state often can know the interests of individual citizens better than the citizens know them themselves, it stands as a perma…Read more
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    Psychological Egoism
    In Russ Shafer-Landau & Joel Feinberg (eds.), Reason and Responsibility, Wadsworth. pp. 183. 1978.
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    In Tom L. Beauchamp & Tom Regan (eds.), Matters of Life and Death, Temple University Press. 1980.
  •  122
    Social Philosophy
    Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall. 1973.
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    Reasons for breaking the law
    with Carl Wellman
    Journal of Value Inquiry 4 (4): 261-272. 1970.
  •  626
    The nature and value of rights
    Journal of Value Inquiry 4 (4): 243-260. 1970.
  •  86
    Supererogation and rules
    Ethics 71 (4): 276-288. 1960.
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    Voluntary euthanasia and the inalienable right to life
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 7 (2): 93-123. 1978.
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    Duty and Obligation in the Non-Ideal World
    Journal of Philosophy 70 (9): 263-275. 1973.
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    Responsibility for the Future
    Philosophy Research Archives 14 93-113. 1988.
    Prospective ascription of responsibility is hypothetical, commonly noting or setting conditions for critical judgment or liability if some event occurs or fails to occur, thus determining vulnerability to retrospective judgments. Prospective liabilities can be classified by source, by type or degree of accompanying control, and by structure or stages.But not all prospective responsibility can be understood in terms of liability. Actual or de facto control over X and/or responsibility for Y, thou…Read more