Chapter 41. Risk

  1. Dennis Patterson Professor2,3,4
  1. John Oberdiek Professor

Published Online: 27 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch41

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition

How to Cite

Oberdiek, J. (2010) Risk, in A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, Second edition (ed D. Patterson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320114.ch41

Editor Information

  1. 2

    European University Institute, Florence, Italy

  2. 3

    Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, New Jersey, USA

  3. 4

    Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. Rutgers University School of Law-Camden, New Jersey, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170062

Online ISBN: 9781444320114

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Keywords:

  • risk permeating modern societies - ubiquitous risks that are morally cognizable;
  • risks accompanying life - as danger and peril are not new to man;
  • modern legal systems and regimes of tort law and administrative regulation - coping with risks;
  • without grasping what risk is - instituting risk imposition standards or regulation in law, being impossible;
  • nature of risk;
  • two families of probability theory - person's degree of belief or level of certainty that some event will occur;
  • moral significance of risk;
  • Thomas Nagel's conceptions of life - biological and normative in pure risk cases;
  • risk imposition is like laying a trap - diminishing the individual's autonomy;
  • material harm - morally significant, adversely affecting what materially happens to one

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Nature of Risk

  • The Moral Significance of Risk