“Hands up who wants to die?”: Primoratz on responsibility and civilian immunity in wartime [Book Review]

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (3):299 - 319 (2005)
The question of the morality of war is something of an embarrassment to liberal political thinkers. A philosophical tradition which aspires to found its preferred institutions in respect for individual autonomy, contract, and voluntary association, is naturally confronted by a phenomenon that is almost exclusively explained and justified in the language of States, force and territory. But the apparent difficulties involved in providing a convincing account of nature and ethics of war in terms of relations between individuals has not prevented liberal theorists from attempting this task. This paper examines a recent attempt by Igor Primoratz to sketch out the implications of a consistent liberalism for just war doctrine and, in particular, as regards the question of who may be a legitimate target of attack in wartime. Primoratz’s paper itself is a critique of Michael Waltzer’s authoritative exposition of just war theory for failing to be sufficiently and consistently liberal. The debate between these two authors is a productive site for investigating the potential and limitations of liberal theories of just war.
Keywords citizenship  civilian immunity   jus in bello  Just War theory  non-combatant immunity  Primoratz  principle of discrimination  Walzer  war
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Igor Primoratz (1990). What Is Terrorism? Journal of Applied Philosophy 7 (2):129-138.

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