Moral Arguments

Daniel Kofman

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
Moral Arguments

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This chapter explores the two main areas of normative controversy giving rise to confusion in the antiwar movement: rights and duties concerning sovereignty, and agent-restrictive or consequentialist considerations. It starts by presenting the argument from sovereignty. The Twin Earth comparison suggests how equally contingent is the current conglomeration of politically correct views. Principled opponents of the war in Iraq do not usually deny that bringing about a stable democracy in Iraq is good in itself. It is argued that diffident feasibility skepticism has been the only justified stance of opposition to the war in Iraq. The Coalition is not even responsible for the deaths of innocent bystanders, the collateral damage of its bombing, since these deaths were “unintended”.

Keywords: antiwar movement; rights; sovereignty; agent-restrictive; consequentialist; Twin Earth comparison; Iraq war; Coalition

Chapter.  8884 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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