HT24 Week 6 Internal Uehiro Seminar

On the Asymmetry Between Doing Harm and Doing Good

Abstract: The harm-benefit-asymmetry says that there is a morally relevant difference between doing harm and doing (comparable) good. This paper explains why deontologists should accept this asymmetry. Further, it offers a justification of the harm-benefit-asymmetry, based on the deontological distinction between doing and allowing harm and its counterpart, the distinction between doing and allowing good. In doing so, the paper responds to a challenge posed by Shelly Kagan, who claims that it is a 'mystery' how deontologists can justify the harm-benefit-asymmetry.

Speaker: Dr Charlotte Unruh (University of Southampton)

A hybrid event for Uehiro Centre Members and Associates (booking not required). 

In-person venue: Oxford Uehiro Centre, Suite 1 Seminar Area, Littlegate House, 16-17 St Ebbe’s Street, Oxford OX1 1PT (buzzer 1)
Zoom: Joining link available from the Centre's Internal Google Calendar, or on request from