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Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, and War

F. M. Kamm


This is a book of three philosophical chapters on aspects of terrorism, torture, and war. It relates issues in ethical theory to practical ethics. The chapter on torture considers views about what torture is and the various occasions on which it could occur in order to determine why it might be wrong to torture a wrongdoer held captive, even if this were necessary to save his victims. The discussion of terrorism examines whether it is the intention to harm civilians rather than harm to them being “collateral damage” that makes terrorism distinctively wrong, what else might make it wrong, and w ... More

Keywords: terrorism, torture, war, ethical theory, practical ethics, intention, civilians, collateral damage, proportional harm, just cause

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608782
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608782.001.0001


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F. M. Kamm, author
Harvard University
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