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Title:Objective Morality, Subjective Agents: Justice and Agent-Based Considerations in Self -Defense and War
Author(s):Wampler, Eric
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wallace, James D.
Department / Program:Philosophy
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:Objective considerations of justice can justify self-defense-many already grant this. I argue that subjective considerations are also relevant in justifying self-defense, not merely in excusing wrongful killing. By "subjective considerations" I mean agents' epistemic limitations and agents' intentions (considered apart from the causal efficacy of their actions). Subjective considerations help us reach the following significant conclusions: you may sometimes kill when killing is not necessary in the traditional sense; nevertheless, you may not kill an agent who genuinely appears to be attacking you but who is in fact not a threat at all; also, you may sometimes kill an agent to avoid a threat that the agent did not cause provided that the agent did attempt (unsuccessfully) to cause this kind of a threat. These conclusions carry important implications for the ethics of war. For example, combatants act wrongly whenever they kill a certain kind of enemy combatant that is indistinguishable from legitimate targets. Even so, those performing this kind of wrongful killing are possibly excused if defending against aggression.
Issue Date:2004
Description:187 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3131042
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2004

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