Plastic Trees and Gladiators: Liberalism and Aesthetic Regulation
21 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 12, 2010
The hallmark of modern liberalism is its embrace of the Millian Harm Principle and its antipathy to legal moralism. In this article I consider whether aesthetic regulations can be justified under the Harm Principle as that principle has been elaborated by Joel Feinberg. I conclude that aesthetic and other regulations that most liberals regard as unproblematic are actually instances of legal moralism.
Keywords: liberalism, harm, offense, moralism, aesthetic
JEL Classification: K10, K39
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