Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
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Cullity, G. 2013. Free Riding. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
“Free riding,” used as a descriptive term, refers to taking a jointly produced benefit without contributing towards its production. Used as a term of criticism, it refers to the wrongful failure to contribute towards the joint production of benefits that one receives. On either usage, the central interest of moral philosophy in free riding is the same: to specify the conditions under which not contributing towards the joint production of benefits that one receives is wrong, and to explain why.
- normative ethics;
- Rawls, John;
- duty and obligation