Title

Plastic Trees and Gladiators: Liberalism and Aesthetic Regulation

Authors

Larry Alexander

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

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.

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