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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 1 HT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 1 HT09
Start Date 19th Jan 2009 4:30pm
End Date 19th Jan 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours
Description

Fiona Woollard (Sheffield) 'Doing, Allowing and Imposing' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage

Abstract

The Doctrine of Doing and Allowing states that doing harm is harder to justify than merely allowing harm. I offer a defence of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing using the idea of imposition. The Doctrine of Doing and Allowing should be understood as a principle protecting us from harmful imposition. Protection from harmful imposition is necessary to respect persons’ authority over what belongs to them. Thus if persons do have authority over what belongs to them, the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing must hold. I end by considering how we could establish that persons have authority over what belongs to them.

Key words: Doing and allowing; imposition; ownership; Francis Kamm; Warren Quinn

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