Killing in War and Moral Equality

Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (4):495-512 (2012)
Do innocent civilians who will be killed in a justified attack on a nearby military target have a right to defend themselves by shooting down the bomber pilot? I argue that they do not, and that Jeff McMahan's view that they do have such a right—that there is a moral equivalence between pilot and civilian—is flawed in much the same way that Michael Walzer's moral equivalence of combatants—a position that McMahan has so persuasively refuted—is flawed
Keywords moral equivalence of combatants   double effect   Just war   proportionality   self-defense
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DOI 10.1163/174552411X592158
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