PHI 3260 — CRIME AND PUNISHMENT TOPICS FOR FIRST ESSAY 1. Briefly explain the Harm Principle as that principle was stated by John Stuart Mill. Why is the Harm Principle considered important to the criminal law in liberal democratic societies? What, in your view, is the best argument against the position that the Harm Principle provides a sufficient philosophical foundation for criminalization even in such societies? 2. The infliction of grievous bodily hurt is almost universally considered a more serious crime than theft. Briefly explain how the difference in seriousness between those two crimes would be explained by (a) Joel Feinberg; and, (b) von Hirsch and Jareborg. 3. What, in your view, are the specific features that make criminal law punishment different from other kinds of punishment that exist in society? Why is it necessary for us to ensure
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