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The Deontic Transfer Principle

  • Martin Peterson
  • Christian SeidelEmail author
Original Research


The Deontic Transfer Principle states that if it is permissible for a person A to cause another person B harm H then, other things being equal, it is permissible for A to impose a risk of harm H on B. In this article we show that the Deontic Transfer Principle is vulnerable to counterexamples, and that the same is true of a range of closely related principles. We conclude that the deontic status of a risk imposition is not directly inherited from the deontic properties of deterministic acts.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Institute of PhilosophyKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany

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