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Sparing Civilians$
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Seth Lazar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712985.001.0001

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Risky Killing

Risky Killing

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Sparing Civilians

Seth Lazar

Oxford University Press

Killing an innocent person is worse, the likelier it was that he would be innocent. Riskier killings are worse than less risky killings, because they more gravely disrespect their victim, and they undermine the victim’s interest in being secure. In war, killing innocent civilians is almost always riskier than killing innocent soldiers. So, killing innocent civilians is worse than killing innocent soldiers. Since almost all civilians are innocent in war, and since killing innocent civilians is worse than killing liable soldiers, killing civilians is worse than killing soldiers.

Keywords:   just war theory, civilians, killing, noncombatant immunity, international law, risk, recklessness, security, probability, liability

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