Plastic Trees and Gladiators: Liberalism and Aesthetic Regulation

21 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2010

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Larry Alexander

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: August 12, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Lawrence, Plastic Trees and Gladiators: Liberalism and Aesthetic Regulation (August 12, 2010). Legal Theory, Vol. 16, 2010; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-028. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1658098

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