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Harm: The counterfactual comparative account, the omission and pre-emption problems, and well-being

dc.contributor.authorDe Villiers-Botha, Tanyaen_ZA
dc.contributor.otherPhilosophyen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-28T08:02:40Z
dc.date.available2018-03-28T08:02:40Z
dc.date.issued2018-03
dc.identifier.citationDe Villiers-Botha, T. 2018. Harm: The counterfactual comparative account, the omission and pre-emption problems, and well-being, South African Journal of Philosophy, (37)1:1-17, doi:10.1080/02580136.2017.1393246.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn0258-0136 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2073-4867 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1080/02580136.2017.1393246
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103242
dc.descriptionCITATION: De Villiers-Botha, T. 2018. Harm: The counterfactual comparative account, the omission and pre-emption problems, and well-being, South African Journal of Philosophy, (37)1:1-17, doi:10.1080/02580136.2017.1393246.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rsph20
dc.description.abstractThe concept of “harm” is ubiquitous in moral theorising, and yet remains poorly defined. Bradley suggests that the counterfactual comparative account of harm is the most plausible account currently available, but also argues that it is fatally flawed, since it falters on the omission and pre-emption problems. Hanna attempts to defend the counterfactual comparative account of harm against both problems. In this paper, I argue that Hanna’s defence fails. I also show how his defence highlights the fact that both the omission and the pre-emption problems have the same root cause – the inability of the counterfactual comparative account of harm to allow for our implicit considerations regarding well-being when assessing harm. While its purported neutrality with regard to substantive theories of well-being is one of the reasons that this account is considered to be the most plausible on offer, I will argue that this neutrality is illusory.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_ZA
dc.subjectHarm, Counterfactual Comparative Account, Pre-emption Problem, Omission Problem, Hanna, Well-beingen_ZA
dc.titleHarm: The counterfactual comparative account, the omission and pre-emption problems, and well-beingen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPre-publication proofen_ZA
dc.rights.holderSouth African Journal of Philosophy
dc.embargo.terms2019-9-30
dc.embargo.lift2019-9-30


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