Journal of Global Ethics 13 (1):58-69 (2017)

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Daniel Alejandro Restrepo
The New School (PhD)
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ABSTRACTIn war there is a phenomenon known as the Naked Soldier problem. A combatant discovers a vulnerable enemy combatant who is unable to defend himself and usually unaware of the combatant’s presence. This enemy combatant is not presently engaged in fighting and not threatening the lives of others. While killing the NS is legally permissible, the question I address in this essay is whether or not there can be a moral justification for doing so. I think such a moral justification is lacking, and there are only excuses for killing the NS. In this essay, I distinguish between a justification and an excuse and then I examine four traditional reasons given for the acceptability of killing in war to see if any of them are justifications for killing in war in general and justifications for killing the Naked Soldier, specifically.
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War as Punishment.David Luban - 2011 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 39 (4):299-330.
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