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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 TT11

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 TT11
Start Date 16th May 2011 4:30pm
End Date 16th May 2011 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

Rahul Kumar (Queens) 'Risking and Wronging' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage

Abstract

Morality often permits us to act in ways that involve exposing one another to certain risks of harm. But why is it permissible to expose one another to only certain risks of harm and not others? One might take a broadly consequentialist approach to this question and engage in some form of cost-benefit analysis. But, I argue, the demerits of this approach give us reason to seek a non-consequentialist alternative. I argue that, in light of certain general points about the nature of risk, Scanlon's contractualist account of wronging gives us an appealing non-consequentialist framework for thinking about the basis of permissible risk imposition. In developing this line of argument, I use as my primary foil an influential line of argument, advanced by Elizabeth Ashford, that holds the opposite to be true.

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