The Moral Grounds of Reasonably Mistaken Self-Defense

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 103 (1):140-156 (2020)
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Abstract

Some, but not all, of the mistakes a person makes when acting in apparently necessary self-defense are reasonable: we take them not to violate the rights of the apparent aggressor. I argue that this is explained by duties grounded in agents' entitlements to a fair distribution of the risk of suffering unjust harm. I suggest that the content of these duties is filled in by a social signaling norm, and offer some moral constraints on the form such a norm can take.

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Renee Jorgensen
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