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Excuses

Jeff McMahan

in Killing in War

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199548668
eISBN:
9780191721045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548668.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter begins by offering two mutually compatible diagnoses of why the orthodox view has been perennially appealing. One is that the orthodox view makes sense as a matter of law and people tend ... More


The Morality of Participation in an Unjust War

Jeff McMahan

in Killing in War

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199548668
eISBN:
9780191721045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548668.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter analyzes and criticizes the currently orthodox theory of the just war, according to which it is permissible for combatants on both sides in a war to fight, irrespective of whether their ... More


Liability and the Limits of Self‐Defense

Jeff McMahan

in Killing in War

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199548668
eISBN:
9780191721045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548668.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter distinguishes among a variety of morally different types of threatening individual — for example, those who are culpable, those who are excused, those who are partially excused, those ... More


Killing in War

Jeff McMahan

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199548668
eISBN:
9780191721045
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548668.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Killing a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more ... More


The Battle of the Lexicons: Jeff McMahan

Jeff McMahan

in Rules for Wrongdoers: Law, Morality, War

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780197553978
eISBN:
9780197554005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197553978.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This commentary on Arthur Ripstein’s Tanner Lectures raises doubts about his main claims about ius ad bellum and ius in bello. It argues, among other things, that his views about “settlement by ... More


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