Seth Lazar Sparing Civilians

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Killing civilians is worse than killing soldiers. If any moral principle commands near universal assent, this one does. It is written into every major historical and religious tradition that has addressed armed conflict. It is uncompromisingly inscribed in international law. It underpins and informs public discussion of conflict-we always ask first how many civilians died? And it guides political practice, at least in liberal democracies, both in how we fight our wars and in which wars we fight. Few moral principles have been more widely and more viscerally affirmed than this one. And yet, in recent years it has faced a rising tide of dissent. Political and military leaders seeking to slip the constraints of the laws of war have cavilled and qualified. Their complaints have been unwittingly aided by philosophers who, rebuilding just war theory from its foundations, have concluded that this principle is at best a useful fiction. Sparing Civilians aims to turn this tide, and to vindicate international law, and the ruptured consensus. In doing so, Seth Lazar develops new insights into the morality of harm, relevant to everyone interested in normative ethics and political philosophy.

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Seth Lazar is a Senior Research Fellow at the RSSS School of Philosophy, at the Australian National University. He works on normative ethics and political philosophy, and has published articles on war, self-defence, and risk in journals such as Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and Journal of Political Philosophy.

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"This book will make a difference in the future of just war theory. It is an important challenge to the basic assumptions of the leading contemporary just war theorists, and it is an indictment against their starting points. It is well written and its readability is enhanced by its avoidance of the technical language of most contemporary discussions of just war theory. The author can avoid technical and specialist language because his challenge is at a primitive level, factually and maybe logically prior to the level of most contemporary work in the field. Moreover, this book is innovative concerning how to do applied ethics more generally. Everyone in ethics will be interested in the author's discussions." -- Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


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