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Weighing Lives in War$
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Jens David Ohlin, Larry May, and Claire Finkelstein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198796176.001.0001

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Proportionate Killing

Proportionate Killing

Using Traditional Jus in Bello Conditions to Model the Relationship Between Liability and Lesser-Evil Justifications for Killing in War

(p.155) 6 Proportionate Killing
Weighing Lives in War

Jovana Davidovic

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to explain how liability and lesser-evil justifications can work together, in an individualist account of just war, to answer some difficult questions about fighting in war. It starts with a brief survey of other individualist attempts to make sense of jus in bello in general and proportionality in bello in particular. It argues that the traditional jus in bello conditions and the separation of labor between them can be helpful, as a model, for understanding exactly how liability and lesser-evil justifications are meant to work together to account for some of our intuitions regarding the more difficult cases of collective action and limited or minimal moral responsibility in war. One upshot of this account is that it gives us reasons to reject the view that a complex picture of justification for actions in war needs to commit us to pacifism.

Keywords:   proportionality in bello, just war theory, liability justification, lesser-evil justification, jus in bello

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