Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Ethics of Self-Defense - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Ethics of Self-Defense

Christian Coons and Michael Weber


Broadly speaking, self-defense is action taken to prevent or reduce harm to oneself (or one’s property) threatened by another. The chapters collected in this volume are original contributions by leading philosophical and legal scholars that address questions concerning the ethics of self-defense, most centrally when and to what extent the use of defensive force, especially lethal force, can be justified. Scholarly interest in this topic reflects public concern stemming from controversial cases of the use of force by police and military force exercised in the name of defending against transnati ... More

Keywords: self-defense, liability, war and national defense, culpability, moral responsibility, proportionality, stand your ground

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190206086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190206086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Coons, editor
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University

Michael Weber, editor
Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Philosophy, Bowling Green State University