'Self-Defence and the Principle of Non-Combatant Immunity'

Frowe, Helen (2011) 'Self-Defence and the Principle of Non-Combatant Immunity'. Journal of Moral Philosophy, 8 (4). pp. 530-546. ISSN 1740-4681. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The reductivist view of war holds that the moral rules of killing in war can be reduced to the moral rules that govern killing between individuals. Noam Zohar objects to reductivism on the grounds that the account of individual self-defence that best supports the rules of war will inadvertently sanction terrorist killings of non-combatants. I argue that even an extended account of self-defence—that is, an account that permits killing at least some innocent people to save one's own life—can support a prohibition on terrorism, provided that it distinguishes between direct and indirect threats. What such an account cannot support is the blanket immunity of non-combatants to defensive killing. If a non-combatant is morally responsible for indirectly threatening in an unjust war, she can be liable to defensive killing. However, this gives us reason to revise our account of permissible killing in war, rather than to reject the reductivist account.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Helen Frowe
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2010 16:26
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011 16:30
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/25975 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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