Offense to Others

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1988-01-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 for understanding "profound offenses," and discusses such issues as obscene words and social policy, pornography and the Constitution, and the differences between minor and profound offenses.

Table of Contents

About the Longer Workp. vii
Synopsis of Volume Onep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Offensive Nuisancesp. 1
Mediating the Offense Principlep. 25
Profound Offensep. 50
the Idea of the Obscenep. 97
Obscenity as Pornographyp. 127
Pornography and the Constitutionp. 165
Obscene Words and Their Functions , Ip. 190
Obscene Words and Their Functions, IIp. 218
Obscene Words and Social Policyp. 249
Obscene Words and the Lawp. 273
Notesp. 289
Indexp. 321
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