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The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War

Alec D. Walen


This book operates on two levels. On the more practical level, its overarching concern is to answer the question, When is it permissible to use lethal force to defend people against threats? The deeper concern of the book, however, is to lay out and defend a new account of rights, the mechanics of claims. This framework constructs rights from the premise that rights provide a normative space in which people can pursue their own ends while treating each other as free and equal fellow-agents whose welfare morally matters. According to the mechanics of claims, rights result from first weighing co ... More

Keywords: right, mechanics of claims, autonomy, equality, welfare, luck, agent–patient inference, threat, eliminative killing, just war theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872045
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alec D. Walen, author
Professor of Law, Philosophy, and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University