The Legal Enforcement of Morality
University of San Diego School of Law
BLACKWELL COMPANION TO APPLIED ETHICS, eds. R.G. Frey and C.H. Wellman, Blackwell Publishers, Forthcoming
In this encyclopedia entry I deal briefly with whether the immorality of conduct is a necessary condition for its criminal prohibition, and then at greater length with the more controversial question of whether conduct's immorality is a sufficient condition for its criminal prohibition. On the latter question, I present and then critique the "liberal" views of J.S. Mill, Joel Feinberg, H.L.A. Hart, and Jonathan Schonsheck, the "liberal perfectionist" views of Michael Moore and Joseph Raz, and the conservative views of Patrick Devlin. I also discuss the relation between the criminal proscription of offensive conduct and the criminal proscription of "harmless immoralities".
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 30, 2001
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