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Asymmetric Killing – Risk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Asymmetric Killing: Risk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos

Neil C. Renic


This book offers an engaging and historically informed account of the moral challenge of radically asymmetric violence—warfare conducted by one party in the near-complete absence of physical risk, across the full scope of a conflict zone. What role does physical risk and material threat play in the justifications for killing in war? And crucially, is there a point at which battlefield violence becomes so one-directional as to undermine the moral basis for its use? In order to answers these questions, Asymmetric Killing delves into the morally contested terrain of the warrior ethos and Just War ... More

Keywords: risk, asymmetry, reciprocal risk, self-defence, Just War Tradition, Just War theory, warrior ethos, UAVs, aerial bombing, military sniping

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198851462
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil C. Renic, author
Senior Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, University of Hamburg

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