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Weighing Lives in War

Jens David Ohlin, Larry May, and Claire Finkelstein


This volume combines philosophical analysis with normative legal theory. Although both disciplines have spent the past fifty years investigating the nature of the principles of necessity and proportionality, these discussions were all too often walled off from each other. However, the boundaries of these disciplinary conversations have recently broken down, and this volume continues the cross-disciplinary effort by bringing together philosophers concerned with the real-world military implications of their theories and legal scholars who frequently build doctrinal arguments from first principle ... More

Keywords: just war theory, combatants, civilians, distinction, necessity, proportionality

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796176
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens David Ohlin, editor
Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Larry May, editor
W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law, and Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Claire Finkelstein, editor
Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

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Jens David Ohlin, Larry May, andClaire Finkelstein

Part I Necessity and the Lives of Combatants

2 Sharp Wars Are Brief

Jens David Ohlin

4 The Deaths of Combatants

Michael L Gross

Part II Proportionality, Civilian Harm, and Soldiers

5 Proportionate Defense

Jeff McMahan*

6 Proportionate Killing

Jovana Davidovic

Part III Combatancy and the Value of Lives in Asymmetric Conflict

12 Weighing Unjust Lives

Andrew T Forcehimes

13 Joint and Combined Targeting

Michael Schmitt, Jeffrey Biller, Sean C Fahey, David S Goddard, andChad Highfill*

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