What we can learn from drowning children

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February 16, 2012
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Matt Zwolinski  
Posted in Commentary

"To have a duty to X is for it to be wrong for one not to X. And it’s pretty clear to me that someone who walked passed the drowning child without a very good excuse would be acting quite wrongly. We might call the person who saves the child a hero, but I think that’s a bad way of distinguishing duty from supererogation. The way to make that distinction is not to look at how we react to people who do the good thing, but to look at how we react to people who fail to do it." (02/16/12)

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