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Necessity and liability: On an honour-based justification for defensive harming

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This paper considers whether victims can justify what appears to be unnecessary defensive harming by reference to an honour-based justification. I argue that such an account faces serious problems: the honour-based justification cannot permit, first, defensive harming, and second, substantial unnecessary harming. Finally, I suggest that, if the purpose of the honour based justification is expressive, an argument must be given to demonstrate why harming threateners, as opposed to opting for a ...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Department:
St Cross College
Role:
Editor
Publisher:
University of Oxford, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Practical Ethics Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
2
Pages:
79-93
Publication date:
2016-01-01
Acceptance date:
2016-12-01
ISSN:
2051-655X
Pubs id:
pubs:668671
URN:
uri:24acf075-1c67-46ff-92d8-6eaac087beaa
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uuid:24acf075-1c67-46ff-92d8-6eaac087beaa
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pubs:668671
Paper number:
2

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