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William Hawk, “Pacifism: Reclaiming the Moral Presumption” Argues that “the pacifist way of life” includes many humanitarian, life-affirming, and other morally responsible activities as well as the rejection of war as morally unjustified Claims that “the pacifist moral vision” has as constitutive elements two theses: War is egregiously morally bad, and Intentionally killing human beings against their will is morally wrong because human life is ultimately valuable (sacred) or inviolable Relates these two theses to two types of pacifism 1. Anti-warist pacifism, and 2. Personal pacifism Argues that 2, which usually triggers more objections than 1, can be defended on both moral and epistemic grounds Just war and morally permissible killing of the unwilling are open questions
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The Open Questions Both questions concern what is (is not) morally permissible: 1. Is war morally wrong or can there be a just war ?
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