Defensive Force as an Act of Rescue

Social Philosophy and Policy 7 (2):170 (1990)
Jewish law takes an approach to self-defense that differs dramatically from the conventional assumptions of Western secular legal systems. The central theme of Talmudic jurisprudence is that self-defense rests on a duty not to stand idly by while one's neighbor suffers. “Do not stand on the blood of one's neighbor,” as the point is cryptically put in Leviticus 19:16. This way of thinking about self-defense departs in two significant ways from common Western assumptions. First, it stresses that the roots of self-defense are a duty rather than a right to act; second, it treats the case of third-party defense as logically prior to the first-party case of self -defense
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1017/S0265052500000807
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,217
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Cécile Fabre (2007). Mandatory Rescue Killings. Journal of Political Philosophy 15 (4):363–384.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Gerhard Øverland (2005). Self-Defence Among Innocent People. Journal of Moral Philosophy 2 (2):127-146.
Jonathan Bundy & Michael D. Pfarrer (2012). The Persistence of Defensive Firm Response Strategies to Crises. Proceedings of the International Association for Business and Society 23:215-220.
N. S. Jecker (2013). The Problem with Rescue Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (1):64-81.
George Klosko (2004). Duties to Assist Others and Political Obligations. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):143-159.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

11 ( #384,383 of 1,941,077 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #458,098 of 1,941,077 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.