Why We Shouldn’t Reject Conflicts: A Critique of Tadros

Res Publica 20 (3):315-322 (2014)

Uwe Steinhoff
University of Hong Kong
Victor Tadros thinks the idea that in a conflict both sides may permissibly use force should (typically) be rejected. Thus, he thinks that two shipwrecked persons should not fight for the only available flotsam (which can only carry one person) but instead toss a coin, and that a bomber justifiably attacking an ammunitions factory must not be counterattacked by the innocent bystanders he endangers. I shall argue that Tadros’s claim rests on unwarranted assumptions and is also mistaken in the light of the moral reasoning that he himself offers in support of his ‘means principle’
Keywords Agent-relative considerations  Conflict  Justified attacker  Means principle  Self-preference  Tactical bomber  Tadros, Victor
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DOI 10.1007/s11158-014-9250-1
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