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Paul H. Robinson, Stephen Garvey, and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199861279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199861279.001.0001

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Self-Defense Against Morally Innocent Threats

Self-Defense Against Morally Innocent Threats

(p.384) (p.385) 18. Self-Defense Against Morally Innocent Threats
Criminal Law Conversations

Jeff Mcmahan

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an authoritative overview of self-defense against morally innocent threats. It first considers two proportionality constraints that govern the morality of self-defense: judgment of “narrow” proportionality and judgment of “wide” proportionality. It then discusses three theories of self-defense: the rights-based account, the culpability account, and the responsibility account. The chapter includes comments by some of the nation's top legal scholars from the field of criminal law, tackling topics such as rights and liabilities, causal responsibility, and moral responsibility as an explanation for self-defense.

Keywords:   self-defense, morally innocent threats, proportionality, morality, culpability, criminal law, causal responsibility, moral responsibility

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