The Distributive Justice Theory of Self-Defense: A Response to Whitley Kaufman

Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2008

7 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2008  

Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 5, 2008

Abstract

In several papers, I have argued for a theory of distributive justice and considered its implications. This theory includes a principle of responsibility that was endorsed by others within an account of defensive force (self-defense and defense of others). Whitley Kaufman criticizes this account which he refers to as the "distributive justice theory of self-defense" (DJ theory). In this paper, I respond to this criticism. I argue that Kaufman presents the theory inaccurately, that his standard of evaluation of the theory is inadequate and that his claim that the theory should be rejected is unconvincing.

Keywords: Distributive Justice, Self-Defense

JEL Classification: D30, K14

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, The Distributive Justice Theory of Self-Defense: A Response to Whitley Kaufman (August 5, 2008). Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1205202

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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