Chapter

The Duty to Act

Jethro K. Lieberman

in Liberalism Undressed

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919840
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980376 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919840.003.0006
The Duty to Act

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The harm principle ordinarily permits the state to mandate that people take affirmative actions, such as military service, in an extremely limited range of cases. This chapter considers how the duty to act, including a duty to rescue, has broadened during the past two centuries, to encompass circumstances in which the actor has become a fiduciary agent.

Keywords: accidents; duty to act; duty to rescue; fiduciary ethic; ignorance; military service; negligence; affirmative obligations; proximity

Chapter.  8222 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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