Fifteenth Lecture

Fifteenth Lecture - February 11, 2009 Philosophy 4:...

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February 11, 2009 Philosophy 4: Fifteenth Lecture War, Terrorism, and Torture (Continued) Jus ad Bellum: - Do the rights and concerns of innocent civilians affected by a preemptive war provide a pro tanto or merely prima facie reason to refrain from harming them? o If pro tanto, what obligations remain? - Just Cause: o What about humanitarian intervention? Can one nation (or something like the United Nations) legitimately attack another to stop genocide, slavery or even less severe abuses of civil rights? - Last Resort: o All reasonable alternatives to going to war must be exhausted “Reasonable” an open question - Prospect of Success: o In going to war, there must be a reasonable prospect of success “Reasonable” again an open question “Success” is also an open question Success as winning the war Success as avoiding alternatives like enslavement or extermination - Political Proportionality: o The violence of war must be proportional to the wrong being resisted So, if the harm of fighting a war outweighs the harm in acquiescing, then, according to this condition, the war ought not be fought
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Jus in Bello: - Now we turn to consider what is and what is not morally permissible to do in war
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