The Human Body Sword

Libertarian Papers 2:20 (2010)

Abstract

The human body shield problem involves an apparent dilemma for a libertarian, forcing him to choose between his own death and the death of an innocent person. This paper argues that the non-aggression principle permits a forceful response against the property of innocent individuals when a conflict is initiated with that property. In other words, a libertarian may shoot the hostage in order to save himself.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,766

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-08-29

Downloads
20 (#563,403)

6 months
1 (#386,989)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Body in Bioethics.Alastair V. Campbell - 2009 - Routledge-Cavendish.
The Body in Thinking: Reconciliation of Philosophical Anthropology and Ontology.Olga Gomilko - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 20:69-75.
Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?Colin McGinn - 1989 - Mind 98 (July):349-66.
Body and Representation.Insa Härtel & Sigrid Schade (eds.) - 2002 - Leske + Budrich.
From Phantom Limb to Phantom Body: Varieties of Extracorporeal Awareness.Peter Brugger - 2006 - In Günther Knoblich, Ian M. Thornton, Marc Grosjean & Maggie Shiffrar (eds.), Human Body Perception From the Inside Out. Oxford University Press. pp. 171-209.
Attunement Through the Body.Shigenori Nagatomo - 1992 - State University of New York Press.
Normative Aspects of the Human Body.Ludwig Siep - 2003 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 28 (2):171 – 185.
Feminism and the Body.Londa L. Schiebinger (ed.) - 2000 - Oxford University Press.
The Need of Courage.Robert Stout - 1923 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 1 (2):77 – 83.