Killing in War

Killing in War

by Jeff McMahan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199548668

ISBN-13: 9780199548668

Pub. Date: 06/08/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Killing a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war? Jeff McMahan argues that conditions in war make no difference to what morality permits and the justifications for killing people are the

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Killing a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war? Jeff McMahan argues that conditions in war make no difference to what morality permits and the justifications for killing people are the same in war as they are in other contexts, such as individual self-defence. This view is radically at odds with the traditional theory of the just war and has implications that challenge common sense views. McMahan argues, for example, that it is wrong to fight in a war that is unjust because it lacks a just cause.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199548668
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/08/2009
Series:
Uehiro Series in Practical Ethics
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Morality of Participation in an Unjust War
2. Arguments for the Moral Equality of Combatants
3. Excuses
4. Liability and the Limits of Self-Defense
5. Civilian Immunity and Civilian Liability

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