Harm

Harm is a moral and legal concept.

Bernard Gert construes harms as any of the following:

  • pain
  • death
  • disability
  • loss of ability or freedom
  • loss of pleasure

Joel Feinberg gives an account of harms as setbacks to interests. He distinguishes welfare interests from ulterior interests. Hence on his view there are two kinds of harms.

Welfare interests are

interests in the continuance for a foreseeable interval of one's life, and the interests in one's own physical health and vigor, the integrity and normal functioning of one's body, the absence of absorbing pain and suffering or grotesque disfigurement, minimal intellectual acuity, emotional stability, the absence of groundless anxieties and resentments, the capacity to engage normally in social intercourse and to enjoy and maintain friendships, at least minimal income and financial security, a tolerable social and physical environment, and a certain amount of freedom from interference and coercion.

Ulterior interests are "a person's more ultimate goals and aspirations," such as "producing good novels or works of art, solving a crucial scientific problem, achieving high political office, successfully raising a family . . .".

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Famous quotes containing the word harm:

    My mortal foe can no ways wish me a greater harm than England’s hate; neither should death be less welcome unto me than such a mishap betide me.
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)

    There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
    Plato (c. 427–347 B.C.)

    Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?
    Bible: New Testament, Mark 3:4.

    Jesus.