Permissible rescue killings

Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 109 (1pt2):149-164 (2009)
Many believe that agent-centred considerations, unlike agent-neutral reasons, cannot show that victims have the right to kill their attackers in self-defence, let alone establish that rescuers have the right to come to their help. In this paper, I argue that the right to kill in self- or other-defence is best supported by a hybrid set of reasons. In particular, agent-centred considerations account for the plausible intuition that victims have a special stake, which other parties lack, in being to thwart the attackers. That special stake plays an important part justifying victims' right to obtain help, and rescuers' right to give it.
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Ned Dobos (2012). International Rescue and Mediated Consequences. Ethics and International Affairs 26 (3):335-353.

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