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Self-Defense, Moral Acceptability, and Compensation

6 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2009 Last revised: 14 Jul 2010

Michael Louis Corrado

University of North Carolina School of Law

Date Written: October 19, 2009

Abstract

This paper is a response to Reid Fontaine's Attack on Self-Defense, published in ACLR. I argue against his hybrid theory of self-defense, and argue generally for a subjective view of self-defense. I also argue that what distinguishes the justification of actual self-defense from the justification of mistaken self-defense is - or, rather, should be - the requirement of compensation in the latter case.

Keywords: self-defense, justification and excuse

Suggested Citation

Corrado, Michael Louis, Self-Defense, Moral Acceptability, and Compensation (October 19, 2009). American Criminal Law Review, Vol. 47, p. 91, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1491144

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