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Risky Killing and the Ethics of War

Lazar, Seth


Killing civilians is worse than killing soldiers. Although this principle is widely affirmed, recent military practice and contemporary just war theory have undermined it. This article argues that killing an innocent person is worse the likelier it was, when you acted, that he would be innocent: riskier killings are worse than less risky killings. In war, killing innocent civilians is almost always riskier than killing innocent soldiers. So killing innocent civilians is worse than killing...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Ethics: an International journal of social, political and legal philosophy
DOI: 10.1086/682191?origin=JSTOR-pdf
Access Rights: Open Access


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