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War and Defense of Persons

DAVID RODIN

in War and Self-Defense

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257744
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257744.003.0007
 War and Defense of Persons

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This chapter examines the right to national-defence (as conceived by its supporters) where there is no right of personal self-defence; and that the right of national-defence, if it is a genuine right, cannot be grounded in the end of defending the lives of individuals. It is argued that the reductive strategy cannot provide a moral vindication of the right of national-defence. Although all acts of aggression involve at least conditional threats against the lives or central rights of persons, there is no general right to resist conditional threats against the central rights of persons with lethal force.

Keywords: national-defence; rights; reductive strategy; aggression; war; invasion

Chapter.  7934 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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