The Moral Target: Aiming at Right Conduct in War and Other Conflicts by F.M. KammThe Moral Target: Aiming at Right Conduct in War and Other Conflicts by F.M. Kamm

The Moral Target: Aiming at Right Conduct in War and Other Conflicts

byF.M. Kamm

Paperback | January 15, 2016

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The Moral Target: Aiming at Right Conduct in War and Other Conflicts comprises essays that discuss aspects of war and other conflicts in the light of both nonconsequentialist ethical theory and the views of such theorists as Barbara Herman, Jeff McMahan, Avishai Margalit, and Michael Walzer.The first essay deals with the relation between states of affairs whose termination justifies war and states of affairs that once achieved should put an end to war. The next few essays deal with conduct in war. They first consider the implications of general moral principles (including the Doctrineof Double Effect and Principle of Permissible Harm) for the permissibility of harm to combatants and noncombatants, and then whether factors unique to war should alter what is permissible. In particular, if the context of war should affect the relative violability of different combatants anddifferent noncombatants, if terror killing combatants and/or noncombatants should ever be permissible, and if there is liability to harm in virtue of belonging to a group. The fifth essay examines how recent discussions by nonconsequentialists about redirection of threats (as in the famous TrolleyProblem) may illuminate the moral status of collaboration that took place with Nazis during the Holocaust. What justice requires after conflict and how our ability to provide it affects the permissibility of starting war, is the next topic. Truth and reconciliation commissions and retributionpost-conflict are discussed, and whether harm to civilians stemming from such procedures (and how the harm arises) bear on the permissibility of instituting the procedures. The three concluding essays deal with moral aspects of conflicts outside of standard war, including those involving the threatof terrorism, resistance to communal injustice (for example, in the case of the Taliban women), and the use of nuclear weapons for deterrence.
F.M. Kamm is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. She is the author of Creation and Abortion; Mortality, Mortality, Vols. 1 and 2; Intricate Ethics; Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, and War; Bioethical Prescriptions...
Title:The Moral Target: Aiming at Right Conduct in War and Other ConflictsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 0.71 inPublished:January 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Making War and Its Continuation Unjust2. Conduct in War: Justifications for Killing Noncombatants in War3. Condunt in War: Failures of Just War Theory4. Conduct in War: The Morality of Killing in War5. Collaboration and With the Enemy: Harming Some to Save Others From the Nazis6. Post Conflict: Moral Improvisation and New Obligations: The Case of Truth Commissions7. Post Conflict: Jus Post Bello, Proportionality, and Rehabilitation8. Terrorism and Several Moral Distinctions9. Self Defense, Resistance, and Suicide: The Taliban Women10. Nuclear Deterrence and Noncombatants

Editorial Reviews

"Kamm engages many important topics one might expect...just war theory, the killing of noncombatants, the doctrine of double effect, the morality of nuclear deterrence, group liability, terrorism, and resistance to oppression. Other essays touch on such interesting, though less-discussedtopics as the requirements of justice after a war has ended. Overall, this is a collection of interesting, provocative, and carefully argued essays." --J.H. Spence, CHOICE