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Owens may respond by suggesting that if we are committed to an interest-based account of wronging, we must postulate normative interests in order to account for harmless wrongs, even if this means accepting some seemingly counterintuitive results.
Since I cannot consider the plausibility of IH in detail here, I will defend a relatively weak claim: those who give nonnormative interests a central role in their theory of wronging are not required to endorse IH.
In summary: I have argued that Owens's solution to cases of harmless wronging fails to be explanatory, and has implausible consequences for his theory of wrongs.
1) In this article, I am only concerned with the relational form of wrong that involves one agent's wronging another (e.
10) Owens maintains, against this, that cases of harmless wronging show that, "For analytical purposes, the central cases.
16) Defenders of interest-based theories might also argue that, in the cases of purportedly " harmless" wronging under consideration, we in fact have noninstrumental interests in having control over what happens (to us or to our property), and that these interests will be set by the act in question.