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Woollard on Doing, Allowing and Imposing

Dr. Fiona Woollard [1] from University of Sheffield gave a talk entitled “Doing, Allowing and Imposing” [2] this past Monday at the Oxford Moral Philosophy Seminar [3]. Here is an abstract of her talk:

The Doctrine of Doing and Allowing states that doing harm is harder to justify than merely allowing harm. I offer a defence of the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing using the idea of imposition. The Doctrine of Doing and Allowing should be understood as a principle protecting us from harmful imposition. Protection from harmful imposition is necessary to respect persons’ authority over what belongs to them. Thus if persons do have authority over what belongs to them, the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing must hold. I end by considering how we could establish that persons have authority over what belongs to them.

A copy of Fiona’s talk can be found here [2], and she would welcome any comments/suggestions.