Personal Sovereignty and Its Boundaries

Joel Feinberg

in The Moral Limits of the Criminal Law Volume 3: Harm to Self

Published in print August 1989 | ISBN: 9780195059236
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869473 | DOI:
Personal Sovereignty and Its Boundaries

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Using the concept of personal sovereignty sketched in previous chapters, in which an autonomous individual is viewed as analogous to an autonomous state, Feinberg claims that the self‐regarding and other‐regarding distinction can be used as a guide to map the boundaries of personal autonomy. He goes on to examine autonomy contrasted with liberty and de facto freedom, personal sovereignty compared with constitutional privacy, autonomous forfeitures of liberty, and deciding for one's future self.

Keywords: autonomy; liberty; sovereignty

Chapter.  22707 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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