Risk, Rights, and Restitution

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael Zimmerman, Professor and Philosophy Pre-Law Concentration Advisor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In "Imposing Risks," Judith Thomson gives a case in which, by turning on her stove, she accidentally causes her neighbor's death. She claims that both the following are true: (1) she ought not to have caused her neighbor's death; (2) it was permissible for her to turn her stove on. In this paper it is argued that it cannot be that both (1) and (2) are true, that (2) is true, and that therefore (1) is false. How this is so is explained, and the implications of this position regarding the relation between rights and duties is explored.

Additional Information

Philosophical Studies, 128(1) (2006): 285-311
Language: English
Date: 2006
risk, rights, moral obligation, duties

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