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Libertarianism without Inequality$
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Michael Otsuka

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199243956.001.0001

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Killing the Innocent in Self‐Defence

Killing the Innocent in Self‐Defence

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(p.66) Chapter 4 Killing the Innocent in Self‐Defence
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Libertarianism without Inequality
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Michael Otsuka (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199243956.003.0005

Argues against the right to engage in lethal measures to defend oneself or others against innocent aggressors or innocent threats. Criticizes arguments to the contrary by Judith Jarvis Thomson and Frances Kamm. Offers a positive account of why the killing of an innocent threat or aggressor is morally on a par with the impermissible killing of an innocent bystander in self‐defence.

Keywords:   innocent aggressor, innocent bystander, innocent threat, Frances Kamm, killing, self‐defence, Judith Jarvis Thomson

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