‘A Practical Account of Self-Defence’

Frowe, Helen (2009) ‘A Practical Account of Self-Defence’. Law and Philosophy, 29 (3). pp. 245-270. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

I argue that any successful account of permissible self- defence must be action-guiding, or practical. It must be able to inform people’s deliberation about what they are permitted to do when faced with an apparent threat to their lives. I argue that this forces us to accept that a person can be permitted to use self-defence against Apparent Threats: characters whom a person reasonably, but mistakenly, believes threaten her life. I defend a hybrid account of self-defence that prioritises an agent’s subjective perspective. I argue that it is sufficient to render the use of defence permissible if an agent reasonably believes that (a) she is morally innocent, and (b) if she does not kill this person, then they will kill her. I argue that the correct account of self-defence must distinguish between whether an agent is permitted to inflict harm, and whether the target is liable to bear that harm.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Helen Frowe
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 15:37
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011 16:28
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25966 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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