Defensive harm, consent, and intervention

Dr Jonathan Parry's latest article on Defensive harm, consent, and intervention is published in Philosophy and Public Affairs

Contemporary discussions of the ethics of defensive harm typically focus on cases of self-defense, featuring two main characters: aggressors and their victims. Jonathan's paper adds an additional cast member, that of 'third-party rescuers', who are able to harm aggressors in defense of their victims. To date, the ethics of defending others has been relatively unexplored.

An earlier version of this paper, titled 'Consent and the Justification of Defending Others', was awarded the Frank Chapman Sharp Memorial Prize in July 2017 by the American Philosophical Association for the best unpublished essay or monograph on the philosophy of war and peace.