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Rights, risks, and residual obligations

  • Hansson, Sven Ove
  • Peterson, Martin
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    The notion of residual obligations can be used as a tool to overcome, at least in part, the conflict between the individual s prima facie right not to be exposed to involuntary risks, and the rights of industries and other large organisations to carry out activities that are associated with risks. A typology of residual obligations is developed, and it is applied in a discussion of the moral obligations of those who impose risks on others. The major types are obligations to compensate, to communicate, to improve, to search for knowledge, and to have an appropriate attitude. It is argued that conscientious compliance with risk-related residual obligations is an essential component of what makes it morally acceptable to expose others to risk.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Risk, Decision and Policy.

    Volume (Year): 6 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 03 (December)
    Pages: 157-166

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:rdepol:v:6:y:2001:i:03:p:157-166_00
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