Justified Killing

Justified Killing : The Paradox of Self-Defense

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In The Paradox of Self-Defense, Whitley R. P. Kaufman argues that none of the leading theories adequately explains why it is permissible even to kill an innocent attacker in self-defense, given the basic moral prohibition against killing the innocent. Kaufman suggests that such an explanation can be found in the traditional Doctrine of Double Effect, according to which self-defense is justified because the intention of the defender is to protect himself rather than harm the attacker.
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  • Hardback | 166 pages
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • 0739142186
  • 9780739142189