Causal Accounts of Harming

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 103 (2):420-445 (2021)
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Abstract

A popular view of harming is the causal account (CA), on which harming is causing harm. CA has several attractive features. In particular, it appears well equipped to deal with the most important problems for its main competitor, the counterfactual comparative account (CCA). However, we argue that, despite its advantages, CA is ultimately an unacceptable theory of harming. Indeed, while CA avoids several counterexamples to CCA, it is vulnerable to close variants of some of the problems that beset CCA.

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Erik Carlson
Uppsala Universitet
Jens Johansson
Uppsala University
Olle Risberg
Uppsala University

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Well-being and death.Ben Bradley - 2009 - New York: Oxford University Press.
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A Simple Analysis of Harm.Jens Johansson & Olle Risberg - 2022 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 9:509-536.

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