Without Consent: Principles of Justified Acquisition and Duty-Imposing Powers

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Title Without Consent: Principles of Justified Acquisition and Duty-Imposing Powers
Author Breakey, Hugh Edmond
Journal Name The Philosophical Quarterly
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract A controversy in political philosophy and applied ethics concerns the validity of duty-imposing powers, that is, rights entitling one person to impose new duties on others without their consent. Many philosophers have criticized as unplausible any such moral right, in particular that of appropriating private property unilaterally. Some, finding duty-imposing powers weird, unfamiliar or baseless, have argued that principles of justified acquisition should be rejected; others have required them to satisfy exacting criteria. I investigate the many ways in which we regularly impose duties on one another without prior consent. I show that doing so is not weird, and I offer criteria which demarcate the reasonable from the worrisome aspects of duty-imposing powers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9213.2008.571.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 The Philosophical Quarterly. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
Volume 59
Issue Number 237
Page from 618
Page to 640
ISSN 0031-8094
Date Accessioned 2011-06-20
Date Available 2011-08-29T05:57:29Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Ethical Theory
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/40426
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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