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Similar Offense

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/9780199895595.003.0008
Similar Offense

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This chapter suggests an alternative approach to comparative desert: the Y gap view. This approach states that comparative desert is fully satisfied when the offense against noncomparative desert is the same for all relevant individuals. It applies the Y gap view to the four examples cited in the chapter on ratio view, which the latter had difficulty answering. The rest of the chapter deals with the Y gap view in more detail, and compares it to some alternative views. The Y percentage constraint is also introduced.

Keywords: Y gap view; comparative desert; noncomparative desert; alternative views; Y percentage constraint

Chapter.  19712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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