Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, and War

Paperback | June 1, 2013

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Ethics for Enemies comprises three original philosophical essays on torture, terrorism, and war. F. M. Kamm deploys ethical theory in her challenging new treatments of these most controversial practical issues. First she considers the nature of torture and the various occasions on which itcould occur, in order to determine why it might be wrong to torture a wrongdoer held captive, even if this were necessary to save his victims. In the second essay she considers what makes terrorism wrong - whether it is the intention to harm civilians, rather than harm to them being "collateraldamage," or something else - and whether terrorism is always wrong. The third essay discusses whether having a right reason, in the sense of a right intention, is necessary in order for a war to be just. Kamm then examines ways in which the harms of war can be proportional to the achievement of thejust cause and other goods that war can bring about, so as to make the declaration of war permissible.

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Ethics for Enemies comprises three original philosophical essays on torture, terrorism, and war. F. M. Kamm deploys ethical theory in her challenging new treatments of these most controversial practical issues. First she considers the nature of torture and the various occasions on which itcould occur, in order to determine why it might...

F.M. Kamm is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Philosophy, Harvard University. She is author of Creation and Abortion; Morality, Mortality, Vol 1 and 2; and Intricate Ethics (all from OUP). Kamm has published many articles on normative ethical theory and practical ethics. She ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:June 1, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Torture: During and After Action2. Terrorism and Intending Evil3. Reasons for Starting War: Goals, Conditions, and ProportionalityBibliographyIndex

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"a meticulous, imaginative and often provocative contribution to the ethics of violence ... a highly important contribution to the literature by a seminal philosopher." --Christopher Finlay, International Affairs