Killing the Innocent in Self‐Defence

Michael Otsuka

in Libertarianism without Inequality

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199243952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598142 | DOI:
 Killing the Innocent in Self‐Defence

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Argues against the right to engage in lethal measures to defend oneself or others against innocent aggressors or innocent threats. Criticizes arguments to the contrary by Judith Jarvis Thomson and Frances Kamm. Offers a positive account of why the killing of an innocent threat or aggressor is morally on a par with the impermissible killing of an innocent bystander in self‐defence.

Keywords: innocent aggressor; innocent bystander; innocent threat; Frances Kamm; killing; self‐defence; Judith Jarvis Thomson

Chapter.  10118 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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