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The Morality of Killing in War: Some Traditional and Nontraditional Views

F. M. Kamm

in The Moral Target

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199897520
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950249 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897520.003.0004

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

The Morality of Killing in War: Some Traditional and Nontraditional Views

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This chapter studies the traditional and non-traditional views of the morality of killing in war. It summarizes the usual views on jus in bello—justice in conducting a war—and looks at some current proposals to revise the standard theory. It considers Jeff McMahan's attack on the view that combatants on both the unjust and just sides are morally equally allowed to engage in the same acts in war. The next section tries to determine whether terroristic and opportunistic use of combatants is allowed and discusses the harm and safety of one's combatants and noncombatants. This chapter also looks at the deliberate killing of noncombatants and the permissibility of collateral harm to different kinds of noncombatants.

Keywords: morality of killing; jus in bello; Jess McMahan; just sides; unjust sides; use of combatants; deliberate killing; collateral harm

Chapter.  18455 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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