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Free Riding

  1. Garrett Cullity

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee305

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

How to Cite

Cullity, G. 2013. Free Riding. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

Abstract

“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.

Keywords:

  • normative ethics;
  • Rawls, John;
  • duty and obligation