No Offense! On the Offense Principle and Some New Challenges

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A central aim within criminal justice ethics is to give a plausible justification concerning which type of acts ought to be criminalized by the state. One of the principles of criminalization which has been presented and critically discussed in the philosophical literature is the Offense Principle. The primary aim of this paper is to argue that unless a rather special and implausible objective list theory of well-being is accepted, the Offense Principle should be subsumed in the Harm Principle.
TidsskriftCriminal Law and Philosophy
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)355-365
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 27 apr. 2016


  • Kriminalisering, skadesprincippet, the offense principle
  • skadesprincippet
  • The offense principle

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