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Defensive Killing

Helen Frowe


Most people believe that it is sometimes morally permissible for a person to use force to defend herself or others against harm. This book offers a detailed exploration of when and why the use of such force is permissible. It begins by considering the use of force between individuals, investigating both the circumstances under which an attacker forfeits her right not to be harmed, and the distinct question of when it is all-things-considered permissible to use force against an attacker. It then extends this enquiry to war, defending the view that we should judge the ethics of killing in war by ... More

Keywords: war, self-defence, ethics, permissible killing, just war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Frowe, author
University of Stockholm