•  1600
    Psychological Egoism
    In Russ Shafer-Landau & Joel Feinberg (eds.), Reason and Responsibility, Wadsworth. pp. 183. 1978.
  •  780
  •  704
    Collective responsibility
    Journal of Philosophy 65 (21): 674-688. 1968.
  •  626
    The nature and value of rights
    Journal of Value Inquiry 4 (4): 243-260. 1970.
  •  463
    Noncomparative justice
    Philosophical Review 83 (3): 297-338. 1974.
  •  377
    Voluntary euthanasia and the inalienable right to life
    Philosophy and Public Affairs 7 (2): 93-123. 1978.
  •  322
    Wrongful Life and the Counterfactual Element in Harming
    Social Philosophy and Policy 4 (1): 145. 1986.
    I shall be concerned in this paper with some philosophical puzzles raised by so-called “wrongful life” suits. These legal actions are obviously of great interest to lawyers and physicians, but philosophers might have a kind of professional interest in them too, since in a remarkably large number of them, judges have complained that the issues are too abstruse for the courts and belong more properly to philosophers and theologians. The issues that elicit this judicial frustration are those that r…Read more
  •  234
    Reason and Responsibility (edited book)
    Encino, Calif., Dickenson Pub. Co.. 1971.
    The book's clear organization structures selections so that readings complement each other guiding you through contrasting positions on key concepts in ...
  •  231
    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
  •  219
    The social importance of moral rights
    Philosophical Perspectives 6 175-198. 1992.
  •  163
    Absurd self-fulfillment
    In Peter van Inwagen (ed.), Time and Cause, D. Reidel. pp. 255--281. 1980.
  •  124
    Feinberg is one of the leading philosophers of law of the last forty years. This volume collects recent articles, both published and unpublished, on what he terms "basic questions" about the law, particularly in regard to the relationship to morality. Accessibly and elegantly written, this volume's audience will reflect the diverse nature of Feinberg's own interests: scholars in philosophy of law, legal theory, and ethical and moral theory.
  •  122
    Social Philosophy
    Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall. 1973.
  •  109
    The mistreatment of dead bodies
    Hastings Center Report 15 (1): 31-37. 1985.
  •  95
    Duty and Obligation in the Non-Ideal World
    Journal of Philosophy 70 (9): 263-275. 1973.
  •  95
    Harm to others—a rejoinder
    Criminal Justice Ethics 5 (1): 16-29. 1986.
    No abstract
  •  91
  •  86
    Supererogation and rules
    Ethics 71 (4): 276-288. 1960.
  •  80
    .One of the strongest arguments against the legalization of voluntary euthanasia is that even though a given suffering or comatose patient may have a moral right to die, legal recognition of the right would lead inevitably to mistakes and abuses in other cases. The flaw in this argument is the assumption that it is always and necessarily a greater evil to let someone die by mistake than to keep a person alive by mistake. In fact, we cannot plausibly say that one of these two kinds of mistake is …Read more
  •  72
    Obscene words and the law
    Law and Philosophy 2 (2). 1983.
    This paper asks whether the criminal law can have any legitimate concern with obscene language. At most, such a concern could be justified by the need to protect auditors from offense, since it is not plausible to think of exposure to dirty words as harmful or inherently immoral. A distinction is drawn between bare utterance and instant offense, on the one hand, and offensive nuisance and harassment, on the other. Only when obscene language is used to harass can it properly be made criminal. Fin…Read more
  •  62
    The forms and limits of utilitarianism
    Philosophical Review 76 (3): 368-381. 1967.
  •  57
    Reasons for breaking the law
    with Carl Wellman
    Journal of Value Inquiry 4 (4): 261-272. 1970.
  •  57
    Freedom and Fulfillment: Philosophical Essays
    Princeton University Press. 1994.
    This collection concludes with two essays dealing with concepts used in appraising the whole of a person's life: absurdity and self-fulfillment, and their interplay.Dealing with a diverse set of problems in practical and theoretical ethics, ...
  •  57
    Supererogation and rules.--Problematic responsibility in law and morals.--On being "morally speaking a murderer."--Justice and personal desert.--The expressive function of punishment.--Action and responsibility.--Causing voluntary actions.--Sua culpa.--Collective responsibility.--Crime, clutchability, and individuated treatment.--What is so special about mental illness?