Reasons for Starting War: Goals, Conditions, and Proportionality

F. M. Kamm

in Ethics for Enemies

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608782
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729577 | DOI:

Series: Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics

Reasons for Starting War: Goals, Conditions, and Proportionality

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Chapter 3 is, in part, concerned with whether having a proper intention is necessary in order to make starting war just and thus satisfy what is known as jus ad bellum. It goes on to consider a theoretical distinction, relevant to discussion of the Doctrine of Double Effect, between acting in order to bring about a good effect and acting on condition that one will bring it about. It examines whether the distinction bears on the permissibility of causing side effect harm to civilians (collateral damage) in war. The aim is to determine whether and how bad side effects can be proportional to the good effects of war, including achieving a just cause.

Keywords: intention; jus ad bellum; conditions of action; civilians; collateral damage; proportionality; just cause; doctrine of double effect

Chapter.  21454 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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