Self-Defense, Moral Acceptability, and Compensation
6 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2009 Last revised: 14 Jul 2010
Date Written: October 19, 2009
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
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