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Claiming that A has a dutyR to B to φ if and only if it is morally permissible for B to force A to φ, appears to present a choice between picking and choosing the kinds of injuries that generate a dutyR for A to abstain from inflicting them upon B, and subsuming B's making a civil claim against A under the rubric of permissible force. Even in the state of nature, I would be hard pressed to justify cold-cocking my neighbor's delinquent squirt for encroaching upon my personal space by micturating on my shoe.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2011 on The Retributive Theory of Rights at
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You make an excellent point about top honors and reverence due to those who manage to subsume large and pervasive facts under small and concise equations. But I wonder how consistent this subsumption might be with your hostility to intensional representation. As I read Fodor and Piatelli-Palmarini, their approach casts doubt on the possibility of extensional analysis of natural selection. Perhaps I am misunderstanding you or them, if not both.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2010 on Darwin and his Defenders at
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