Chapter

Fault Forfeits First

Shelly Kagan

in The Geometry of Desert

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895595
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980093 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895595.003.0002
Fault Forfeits First

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This chapter introduces the fault forfeits first view, which states that it is better to aid an innocent person than to help a guilty person. It differentiates moderates from retributivists, where it suggests that the moderates’ conception of desert is comparative, while the retributivists’ conception of desert is noncomparative. It also considers the possibility of pluralism, which is the acceptance of more than one value, and the notions of culpability discount rates and multipliers, which can help in understanding the current view about desert.

Keywords: fault forfeits first; moderates; retributivists; conception of desert; comparative; noncomparative; pluralism; culpability discount rates; multipliers

Chapter.  10667 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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