Sparing Civilians

Hardcover | December 11, 2015

bySeth Lazar

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Killing civilians is worse than killing soldiers. If any moral principle commands near universal assent, this one does. It is written into every major historical and religious tradition that has addressed armed conflict. It is uncompromisingly inscribed in international law. It underpins andinforms public discussion of conflict - we always ask first how many civilians died? And it guides political practice, at least in liberal democracies, both in how we fight our wars and in which wars we fight. Few moral principles have been more widely and more viscerally affirmed than this one. Andyet, in recent years it has faced a rising tide of dissent. Political and military leaders seeking to slip the constraints of the laws of war have cavilled and qualified. Their complaints have been unwittingly aided by philosophers who, rebuilding just war theory from its foundations, have concludedthat this principle is at best a useful fiction. Sparing Civilians aims to turn this tide, and to vindicate international law, and the ruptured consensus. In doing so, Seth Lazar develops new insights into the morality of harm, relevant to everyone interested in normative and applied ethics.

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Killing civilians is worse than killing soldiers. If any moral principle commands near universal assent, this one does. It is written into every major historical and religious tradition that has addressed armed conflict. It is uncompromisingly inscribed in international law. It underpins andinforms public discussion of conflict - we al...

Seth Lazar has worked on the philosophy of war, self-defence, and risk, since his DPhil in Political Theory at the University of Oxford. After postdoctoral work in Oxford and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he joined the School of Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences, at the Australian National University, where ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712987

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1. Killing Civilians Is Worse than Killing Soldiers2. Necessity3. Opportunistic and Eliminative Killing4. Risky Killing5. Vulnerability and Defencelessness6. Combat Non-immunityEpilogueBibliographyIndex