Killing in War
By (author) Jeff McMahan
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Killing in War by Jeff McMahan
Book DescriptionKilling a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war? Jeff McMahan argues that conditions in war make no difference to what morality permits and the justifications for killing people are the same in war as they are in other contexts, such as individual self-defence. This view is radically at odds with the traditional theory of the just war and has implications that challenge common sense views. McMahan argues, for example, that it is wrong to fight in a war that is unjust because it lacks a just cause.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199548668
(223mm x 145mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jeff McMahan
Killing by Remote Control, Hardback (June 2013)
A new powerful military weapon has appeared in the skies of world and with it a new form of warfare has quickly emerged bringing with it a host of pressing ethical questions and issues. Killing By Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military brings together some of the best scholars currently working on these questions.
Killing in War, Paperback (February 2011)
Jeff McMahan urges us to reject the view, dominant throughout history, that mere participation in an unjust war is not wrong. He argues powerfully that combatants who fight for an unjust cause are acting wrongly and are themselves morally responsible for their actions. We must rethink our attitudes to the moral role of the individual in war.
Ethics of Killing, Paperback (September 2003)
A comprehensive study of the ethics of killing, where the moral status of the individual killed is uncertain. Drawing on philosophical notions of personal identity and the immorality of killing, it looks at a host of practical issues, including abortion, infanticide, the killing of animals, assisted suicide, and euthanasia.
Morality of Nationalism, Paperback (September 1997)» View all books by Jeff McMahan
In this collection of essays, some of today's most eminent political scientists and philosophers address the ethics of nationalism. Rather than focusing on descriptive and prescriptive themes or policy issues, this volume focuses on the deeper moral issues that must be addressed if a policy prescription is to be well grounded.
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Author Biography - Jeff McMahan
Jeff McMahan is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He works primarily in ethics and political philosophy, and occasionally in metaphysics and legal theory.
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