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Shooting to Kill: The Ethics of Police and Military Use of Lethal Force

Seumas Miller


Terrorism, the use of military force in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and the fatal police shootings of unarmed persons have all contributed to renewed interest in the ethics of police and military use of lethal force. In this book the various moral justifications and responsibilities involved in the use of lethal force by police and military combatants are analyzed, relying on a distinctive normative teleological account of institutional roles. The resulting conception provides a novel theoretical alternative to prevailing reductive individualist and collectivist accounts. Police and military ... More

Keywords: police shootings, self-defense, just war, suicide bombers, targeted killing, autonomous weapons, humanitarian armed intervention, civilian immunity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190626136
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626136.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seumas Miller, author
Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University