Negligence

Social Philosophy and Policy 16 (02):52- (1999)
Abstract
Negligence is both an important concept and an ambiguous one. Here I concentrate upon the sense of creating an unjustifiable, low-probability risk of future harm. This essay attempts to dispel theprevalent view that only a maximizing, utilitarian approach can render intelligible certain features of negligence analysis—its focus on the marginal advantages and disadvantages of the actor's taking a specific precaution, its consideration and balancing of the short-term effects of different actions, and its sensitivity to a multiplicity of factors. Perhaps certain absolutist deontological perspectives are inconsistent with these features; but other deontological perspectives (not to mention other nonutilitarian and partially nonconsequentialist perspectives) can easily accommodate them. Careful examination of the concept of negligence helps resolve an important debate about the nature of tort law, supporting the view that fault, rather than corrective justice, is the better interpretation and justification of Anglo-American tort doctrine.
Keywords negligence  corrective justice
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