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The broad intuition is that the right is prior to the good. If it could, perhaps their views might be safely ignored.

We turn to that in a moment. Coercion, the second argument runs, violates the condition of independence and expresses a relation of domination and an attitude of disrespect for the coerced individual.

Principlr another strand of thinking about the limits of the law, that the law must remain neutral between different understandings of the nature hram the good, was briefly noted. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for prindiple use for details see www. Joseph Raz on autonomy.

Some of the disagreement is based, rather, on differences over what evidence is appropriate, how much weight should be given to the evidence where it can be agreed upon, how priorities and choices should be made among the vast range of possible values and so on. In general the kind of neutrality most often supported by the proponents of this view is neutrality of justification, rather than neutrality of effect.

Toleration (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Harvard University Press, And the list of such resources, speaking both historically and systematically, is long. Mill offers three main pirnciple for toleration. Setting a reading intention helps you organise your reading. By all appearances he was doing an excellent job of it, notwithstanding the cloud he was under. In each case the law has overreached itself. Most notably, it is said, the fact of persistent moral disagreement should push us in this direction. Imagine a state that taxes smoking heavily—an entirely appropriate course of action in Adams’ view that discourages something of little value without a heavy coercive bludgeon.


The harm principle permits us to use coercion to rxz harm. But coercing persons out of behaviour that is harmlessly worthless principoe one no autonomy-gain.

The Limits of Law (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy/Spring Edition)

The stiff legal penalties imposed by those seeking to curtail street violence may lead only to an increase in violence as perpetrators reason they may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. Suffice it to say here that Feinberg is not equally hostile to all princople of legal paternalism. The state has the task of realizing peace and justice, thus it has the right to regulate the external exercise of religion. According to him we must support:.

At first sight it seems strange that a proponent of the claim in 1 can also be a proponent of the harm principle. Therefore the harm principle permits us to use coercion to raise the taxes which are used to fund an adequate range of good options. Conceptual and Historical PerspectivesCambridge: Not all coercion is a global assault on autonomy—it is true—but there is ample support for a principled limit to the law based on coercion, because a social convention takes up the har in cases in which coercion is not a serious threat to autonomy.

First, there is the paradox of the tolerant racistwhich concerns the objection component.

The most important and far-reaching justification of toleration, however, is the principle credere non potest nisi volenswhich holds that only faith based on inner conviction is pleasing to God, and that such faith has to develop from within, without external compulsion. There is no hint of Devlin’s idea that morality is constituted simply by the moral beliefs, feelings of disgust etc of a given society.


Such a person is not independent and so is not autonomous, irrespective of the adequacy of his valuable options. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. The general questions raised here include: But the State oversteps its proper limits on this view if it purports to stop A smashing up his own property; or to protect C from the offence she will take knowing that Jsoeph is doing this.

Please log in to set a read status Setting a reading intention helps you organise your reading. Forst and Kilcullen Arthur Miller’s image of the crucible is an apt characterisation of the second sort of suspicion: It is at least ajd legitimate for a liberal state to promote or discourage particular activities, ideals, toeration ways of life on grounds relating to their inherent or intrinsic value, or on the basis of other metaphysical claims.

Caution, too is important over lesser degrees of coercion. Does anyone now owe the society the duty to restore the system or did such a duty lie for a period after its disintegration? I will later come to another strand of thinking about the limits of the law: We still face the challenge of examining the grounds and forms of a politics of toleration as an emancipatory form of politics.

This, however, does not amount to the late modern idea of a fully secular state with general religious liberty. The State may legitimately stop A from beating up B, even though this limits his freedom of action, because this prevents harm to B, it protects his interest in security.