Nuclear Deterrence and Reliance on Harm

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

Nuclear Deterrence and Reliance on Harm

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This chapter studies one aspect of the concept of “cold war”, particularly the issues raised by Michael Walzer and Paul Ramsey about whether it is allowable to rely on the possibility of harm to civilians in order to prevent war. It discusses nuclear weapons, which can not only be used to strike military targets, but also cause side-effect harm to civilians. Finally, the chapter also reviews some issues discussed during the Cold War, and views them using the perspective of some new proposals about nonconsequentialist ethical theory.

Keywords: cold war; Michael Walzer; Paul Ramsey; possibility of harm; nuclear weapons; side-effect harm; nonconsequentialist ethical theory

Chapter.  12212 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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