Defense

Philosophical Studies 145 (1):69 - 88 (2009)
Abstract
This paper is an exploration of the nature of what is perhaps the most widely recognized justification for inflicting harm on human beings: the appeal to defense (self-defense and other-defense). I develop and defend a rights-based account of the appeal to defense that takes into account whether and to what degree both the aggressor and his potential victim are morally responsible for the relevant threat. However, unlike most extant rights-based accounts, mine is not a forfeiture account. That is, I do not attempt to explain the permissibility of defense in terms of the aggressor’s loss of a right not to be harmed. Instead I appeal directly to the fact that defense in the relevant cases prevents the aggressor from infringing upon the rights of his potential victim. Accordingly, I call my account a “prevention account.”.
Keywords Moral responsibility  Rights  Self-defense  Other-defense
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9387-5
Options
 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
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 26,655
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Anarchy, State and Utopia.Robert Nozick (ed.) - 1974 - Basic Books.
Self-Defense.Judith Jarvis Thomson - 1991 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 20 (4):283-310.
The Basis of Moral Liability to Defensive Killing.Jeff McMahan - 2005 - Philosophical Issues 15 (1):386–405.
The Second Treatise of Government.John Locke - 1966 - [New York]Barnes & Noble.

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Recent Work on the Ethics of Self-Defense.Tyler Doggett - 2011 - Philosophy Compass 6 (4):220-233.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-03-28

Total downloads

101 ( #49,285 of 2,158,204 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #195,104 of 2,158,204 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums