Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 39, number 116, agosto 2007
El desafío de Billy Budd. Dilemas morales y dimensión institucional del derecho
[The Billy Budd’s Challenge. Moral Dilemmas and Institutional Dimension of Law]
Guillermo Lariguet
CONICET
Centro de Investigaciones de la Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

glariguet@yahoo.com

Abstract: This paper analyzes the special problem that an institutionally qualified moral agent faces. In particular, it deals with the case of a judge in a legal system facing a moral or legal dilemma. By focusing on Melville’s Billy Budd, the text examines the main challenges that the Billy Budd case poses to legal and moral philosophy. It shows how the challenge is discussed by philosophers of law and by moral philosophers. Finally, it suggests the need for a more integrated perspective in moral and legal philosophy.
Keywords: moral dilemmas, institutional dimension of law, Kantian ethics, ethics of virtue, rational resolution

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