The ethics of killing in war

Philosophia 34 (1):693-733 (2006)
This paper argues that certain central tenets of the traditional theory of the just war cannot be correct. It then advances an alternative account grounded in the same considerations of justice that govern self-defense at the individual level. The implications of this account are unorthodox. It implies that, with few exceptions, combatants who fight for an unjust cause act impermissibly when they attack enemy combatants, and that combatants who fight in a just war may, in certain circumstances, legitimately target noncombatants who bear a significant degree of moral responsibility for a wrong, when the prevention or rectification of that wrong constitutes a just cause for war.
Keywords just war  law of war  self-defense  proportionality   jus ad bellum   jus in bello  just combatant  unjust combatant
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DOI 10.1086/422400
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David Rodin (2004). War and Self-Defense. Ethics and International Affairs 18 (1):63–68.
Michael Otsuka (1994). Killing the Innocent in Self-Defense. Philosophy and Public Affairs 23 (1):74–94.

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Jeff McMahan (2005). Just Cause for War. Ethics and International Affairs 19 (3):1–21.

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