Vesting Agent-Relative Permissions in a Proxy

Law and Philosophy, 37(6), 2018, pp. 671-695

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 18-375

26 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2019 Last revised: 31 Jan 2019

See all articles by Saba Bazargan-Forward

Saba Bazargan-Forward

UC San Diego; University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: September 19, 2018

Abstract

We all have agent-relative permissions to give extra weight to our own well-being. If you and two strangers are drowning, and you can save either yourself or two strangers, you have an agent-relative permission to save yourself. But is it possible for you to ‘vest’ your agent-relative permissions in a third party — a ‘proxy’ — who can enact your agent-centered permissions on your behalf, thereby permitting her to do what would otherwise be impermissible? Some might think that the answer is ‘no’; it is definitive of agent-centered permissions that they apply only to the individuals ineliminably referenced in the content of that reason, which means that they lack reason-giving force for any ostensible proxy. The purpose of this paper is to (i) show that vesting agent-relative permissions is indeed possible, (ii) provide an account of how agent-relative permissions are vested by considering the structure of rights more generally, and (iii) show that we have a right to vest such permission in this way.

Keywords: agent-relativity, agent-neutrality, bodyguards, proxies, self-defense, disability, agent-centered

Suggested Citation

Bazargan-Forward, Saba, Vesting Agent-Relative Permissions in a Proxy (September 19, 2018). Law and Philosophy, 37(6), 2018, pp. 671-695; San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 18-375. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3313031

Saba Bazargan-Forward (Contact Author)

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University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

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