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Private Wrongs

Private Wrongs
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Nov 21st, 4:00 pm End: Nov 21st, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Law, Faculty of , Ethics
Panel Discussion

The Centre for Ethics presents

Arthur Ripstein: Private Wrongs

Author Meets Critics

Private Wrongs by Arthur Ripstein

Arthur Ripstein is University Professor, Professor of Law and Philosophy, at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests include torts, legal theory, and political philosophy.

Rahul Kumar, Professor of Philosophy, Queen's University. He specializes in moral/ethical theory, moral psychology, political philosophy.
Clifton Mark, Postdoctoral Fellow and Deputy Director, Centre for Ethics. His research operates at the nexus of political philosophy, intellectual history, and the analysis of concrete social practices.
Dan Priel, Professor, Osgoode Law School. His research interests include legal theory, private law (especially tort law and restitution).

A waiter spills hot coffee on a customer. A person walks on another person's land. A moored boat damages a dock during a storm. A frustrated neighbor bangs on the wall. A reputation is ruined by a mistaken news report. Although the details vary, the law recognizes all of these as torts, different ways in which one person wrongs another. Tort law can seem puzzling: sometimes people are made to pay damages when they are barely or not at fault, while at other times serious losses go uncompensated. In this pioneering book, Arthur Ripstein brings coherence and unity to the baffling diversity of tort law in an original theory that is philosophically grounded and analytically powerful.

Ripstein shows that all torts violate the basic moral idea that each individual is in charge of his or her own person and property, and never in charge of another individual's person or property. Battery and trespass involve one person wrongly using another's body or things, while negligence injures others by imposing risks to them in ways that are inconsistent with their independence. Tort remedies aim to provide a substitute for the right that was violated.

As Private Wrongs makes clear, tort law not only protects our bodies and property but constitutes our entitlement to use them as we see fit, consistent with the entitlement of others to do the same.

This book will be available for sale at this event.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contacty the Centre for Ethics at 416.978.6288


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