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Doing and Allowing Harm$
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Fiona Woollard

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199683642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683642.001.0001

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Contractualism, Rule Consequentialism, and Doing and Allowing

Contractualism, Rule Consequentialism, and Doing and Allowing

(p.175) 9 Contractualism, Rule Consequentialism, and Doing and Allowing
Doing and Allowing Harm

Fiona Woollard

Oxford University Press

It is a strong mark in favour of an ethical theory if it can explain widespread, firmly held intuitions about cases. Rejection of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing would require substantial revision of our judgements about cases. Thus it is a strong mark in favour of a moral theory if it can defend the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing. This chapter argues that both Scanlonian contractualism and Brad Hooker’s rule-consequentialism can use the defence of the doctrine of doing and allowing. In doing so, this chapter provides a general defence of the body ownership claim: the claim that morality must recognize each person’s body as belonging to him or her. It shows that body ownership is necessary to respect a person’s relationship to her body and for an important type of agency.

Keywords:   doctrine of doing and allowing, T. M. Scanlon, contractualism, Brad Hooker, rule-consequentialism, self-ownership, body ownership

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