Negligence*: KENNETH W. SIMONS

Social Philosophy and Policy 16 (2):52-93 (1999)
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Abstract

Faced with the choice between creating a risk of harm and taking a precaution against that risk, should I take the precaution? Does the proper analysis of this trade-off require a maximizing, utilitarian approach? If not, how does one properly analyze the trade-off? These questions are important, for we often are uncertain about the effects of our actions. Accordingly, we often must consider whether our actions create an unreasonable risk of injury — that is, whether our actions are negligent.

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Kenneth Simons
University of California, Irvine

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