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Title: THE CRITERIA FOR MORAL LIABILITY IN WAR
Authors: ONG JIA LIN TAMMIE
Keywords: Moral liability, Walzer, McMahan, Principle of Discrimination, Military Ethics, Just War Theory, War, Threats, Combatants, Non-combatants
Issue Date: 20-Apr-2018
Citation: ONG JIA LIN TAMMIE (2018-04-20). THE CRITERIA FOR MORAL LIABILITY IN WAR. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The principle of discrimination functions to distinguish between legitimate and non-legitimate targets in war. My contribution to the literature would focus specifically on the various criteria for moral liability in war. By ?moral liability?, I mean the forfeiture of one?s moral rights to not be harmed in war. I offer an alternative framework for judging liability that I believe stands superior to the standard traditionalist and revisionist approaches exemplified by Michael Walzer and Jeff McMahan respectively. This consists in providing a set of necessary and/or sufficient conditions in deciding who is liable in war, and to determine the appropriate application of some such criteria in the context of war. To do this, I will explore both (1) the type of threat that might implicate an agent?s liability-status, and (2) the relationship one needs to stand in to that threat. Apart from showing the unintuitive consequences that Walzer and McMahan neglects in their own approaches, I will advance my own positive account which I believe captures our intuitions in its application in war more comprehensively.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/146632
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