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Authorization and The Morality of War

Lazar, Seth


Why does it matter that those who fight wars be authorized by the communities on whose behalf they claim to fight? I argue that lacking authorization generates a moral cost, which counts against a war's proportionality, and that having authorization allows the transfer of reasons from the members of the community to those who fight, which makes the war more likely to be proportionate. If democratic states are better able than non-democratic states and sub-state groups to gain their community's...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Australasian Journal of Philosophy
DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2015.1050680


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