Targeted killing

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The purpose of this paper is to provide a philosophical defense for targeted killings in the wars against terror. The paper argues that if one accepts the moral legitimacy of the large-scale killing of combatants in conventional (what are soon to be called "old-fashioned") wars, one cannot object - on moral grounds - to the targeted killing of terrorists in wars against terror. If one rejects this legitimacy, one must object to all killing in war, targeted and non-targeted alike, and thus not support the view, which is criticized here, that targeted killings are particularly disturbing from a moral point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)180-198
Number of pages19
JournalTheoretical Inquiries in Law
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2004

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  • Law


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