Get the shot or do the time: A moral defense of coerced anti-drug vaccinations given to criminal offenders

Søren Sofus Wichmann

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In this thesis I defend giving drug addicted persons who are convicted of a crime the choice between an anti-drug vaccine and prison. My claim is that, should such a vaccine be developed, there would be no good moral reasons not to make such an offer. To support this claim I discuss and reject a series of objections to it. The objections are grouped in three different types; objections to paternalism, objections from theories of penal justice and objections from the rights of prisoners. Which objections are voiced depends largely on which view one takes of the nature of addiction. Hence, the objections are discussed both from a liberal and brain disease view of addiction.  

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato14 jun. 2013
VejledereJesper Ryberg


  • coercion
  • addiction neuroethics
  • applied ethics