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In dubious battle: uncertainty and the ethics of killing

Lazar, Seth


How should deontologists concerned with the ethics of killing apply their moral theory when we don’t know all the facts relevant to the permissibility of our action? Though the stakes couldn’t be higher, and uncertainty is endemic where killing is concerned, few deontologists have an answer to this question. In this paper I canvass two possibilities: that we should apply a threshold standard, equivalent to the ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ standard applied for criminal punishment; and that we...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017-03-28
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Studies
DOI: 10.1007/s11098-017-0896-3


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