The Limits of the Harm Principle

  title={The Limits of the Harm Principle},
  author={Hamish Stewart},
  journal={Criminal Law and Philosophy},
The harm principle, understood as the normative requirement that conduct should be criminalized only if it is harmful, has difficulty in dealing with those core cases of criminal wrongdoing that can occur without causing any direct harm. Advocates of the harm principle typically find it implausible to hold that these core cases should not be crimes and so usually seek out some indirect harm that can justify criminalizing the seemingly harmless conduct. But this strategy justifies… Expand
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