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Feinberg, Joel (1926–2004)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


American moral, political, and legal philosopher, born in Detroit, Michigan, Professor of Philosophy at University of Arizona. Feinberg's work focuses on individual liberty and on the justification for state interference with a person's behavior. He allows criminal sanctions against harm and extreme offense to others, but rejects criminalizing self-harm or immorality. He also argues that the state should not require behavior solely on the grounds that it will benefit the agent or others. His major works include Doing and Deserving (1970), Rights, Justice and the Bounds of Liberty (1980), and The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law , 4 vols. (1984–8). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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