Feinberg, “Offense to Others”
In “Offense to Others”, by Feinberg he describes that of the offense principle by saying it can lead individuals to believe that “there is a need to prevent some people from wrongfully offending others as a reason for coercive legislation.” It is mentioned that the Offense Principle requires that the “disliked state of mind be produced wrongfully by another party, but not that it be an offense in the strict sense of ordinary language.”
I believe that he makes a good relation between the terms “harm” and “offense” saying that in sense they relate generally and specifically in a normative format. This ranges from miscellany of disliked mental states such as disgust, shame, etc. In one example Feinberg asks readers to imagine themselves as a passanger on a crowded public bus and those surrounding you proceed to cause great offense to you. All of these scenarios are those that we would recognize as being offensive in a way some more extreme than others.
Everyone has the right to publicly be present and want to be, from the example above, travel on public transportation without the worry of being extremely offended. From the offense principle there needs to be a form of punishment set in place in order to keep offensive acts limited from “disturbing the peace.”