Killing in War and Moral Equality

Journal of Moral Philosophy 8 (4):495-512 (2011)

Abstract

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

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Killing in Self‐Defense.Jonathan Quong - 2009 - Ethics 119 (3):507-537.
The Basis of Moral Liability to Defensive Killing.Jeff McMahan - 2005 - Philosophical Issues 15 (1):386–405.
Abortion and Self-Defense.Nancy Davis - 1984 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 13 (3):175-207.
The Just War and the Gulf War.Jeff Mcmahan & Robert Mckim - 1993 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 23 (4):501 - 541.

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