Pacifism and Moral Theory

Diametros 23:44-68 (2010)
Abstract
There is a nonabsolute or “contingent” form of pacifism that claims that war in contemporary conditions inevitably involves the killing of innocent people on a scale that is too great to be justified. Some contingent pacifists argue that war always involves a risk that virtually everyone that one might kill is innocent – either because one can never be sure that one’s cause is just or because even most of those who fight in wars that lack a just cause are nevertheless not culpable and are therefore innocent in the relevant sense. Others argue that there is no just cause for war that is sufficiently important to justify the large-scale killing of innocent civilians that is unavoidable in war. I seek to refute contingent pacifism by arguing that its theoretical presuppositions are untenable.
Keywords ethics  ethics of war  moral theory  pacifism  Kamm  Thomson  killing
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 11,392
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Saba Bazargan (2013). Complicitous Liability in War. Philosophical Studies 165 (1):177-195.
Similar books and articles
J. Kellenberger (1987). A Defense of Pacifism. Faith and Philosophy 4 (2):129-148.
Brian Orend (2001). A Just-War Critique of Realism and Pacifism. Journal of Philosophical Research 26:435-477.
Emily Crookston (2005). Strict Just War Theory and Conditional Pacifism. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 79:73-84.
A. Ferguson (2006). No Just War for the Empire. Radical Philosophy Today 2006:27-37.
Gabriel Palmer-Fernández (2000). Innocence in War. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (2):161-174.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2011-10-17

Total downloads

134 ( #6,596 of 1,102,926 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

9 ( #24,605 of 1,102,926 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.