Your liberty or your life: Reciprocity in the use of restrictive measures in contexts of contagion [Book Review]

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (2):207-217 (2009)

In this paper, we explore the role of reciprocity in the employment of restrictive measures in contexts of contagion. Reciprocity should be understood as a substantive value that governs the use, level and extent of restrictive measures. We also argue that independent of the role reciprocity plays in the legitimisation the use of restrictive measures, reciprocity can also motivate support and compliance with legitimate restrictive measures. The importance of reciprocity has implications for how restrictive measures should be undertaken when preparing and evaluating public health responses to contagion.
Keywords Reciprocity  Restrictive measures  Infectious disease  Ethics  Quarantine  Isolation  Liberty
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11673-009-9149-2
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 47,395
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

Justification and Legitimacy.A. John Simmons - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4):739-771.
Why People Obey the Law.Tom R. Tyler - 1990 - Yale University Press.

View all 21 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Infection Control Measures and Debts of Gratitude.Diego S. Silva & A. M. Viens - 2015 - American Journal of Bioethics 15 (4):55-57.

View all 13 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
106 ( #82,317 of 2,291,335 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
25 ( #33,715 of 2,291,335 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature