Plastic Trees and Gladiators: Liberalism and Aesthetic Regulation
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.
Digital USD Citation
Alexander, Larry, "Plastic Trees and Gladiators: Liberalism and Aesthetic Regulation" (2010). Institute on Law and Philosophy Scholarship. 40.