Failures of Just War Theory

F. M. Kamm

in The Moral Target

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199897520
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

Failures of Just War Theory

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This chapter discusses in detail the issues of conduct during war, including the morality of killing combatants in war. The first section considers whether the DDE is an accurate guide to conduct in war. It then argues that terror killing of both combatants and noncombatants can be allowed, and considers if the DDE allows side harm that is impermissible. The next section explains how any basic moral principles that are applied to war might fail to distinguish among various types of innocent civilians who may have different inviolabilities. This chapter also compares the violability of noncombatants with the violability of combatants, and explores possible grounds for group liability.

Keywords: issues of conduct; morality of killing; conduct in war; side harm; basic moral principles; innocent civilians; violability; group liability

Chapter.  25485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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