Pacifism and Moral Integrity

Philosophia 41 (4):1007-1016 (2013)

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Jovan Babic
University of Belgrade
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The paper has three parts. The first is a discussion of the values as goals and means. This is a known Moorean distinction between intrinsic and instrumental values, with one other Moorean item - the doctrine of value wholes. According to this doctrine the value wholes are not simply a summation of their parts, which implies a possibility that two evils might be better than one (e. g. crime + punishment, two evils, are better than either one of them taken separately). In this first part I will discuss peace as an end value, and war as a means value. The second part dicsusses briefly the issue of sincerity. The third, last and for me the most important part of the paper explores the issue of moral integrity in pacifism: could a pacifist preserve the integrity of the attacker, or, for that matter her own integrity, or must she destroy anyone’s integrity and dehumanize the attacker and also herself?
Keywords Pacifism  Defense  Violence  Self-defense  Moral integrity  Moral arrogance
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-013-9459-9
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The Case for Pacifism.Richard Norman - 1988 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 5 (2):197-210.
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