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Asymmetric KillingRisk Avoidance, Just War, and the Warrior Ethos$
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Neil C. Renic

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198851462

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198851462.001.0001

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The Moral Challenge of Radical Asymmetry

The Moral Challenge of Radical Asymmetry

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Asymmetric Killing

Neil C. Renic

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the main contentions of the book. This begins with an examination of the enduring role of reciprocal risk in the nature of war, followed by its more specific role in the moral justifications for battlefield violence. The historical challenge of asymmetry will also be examined. The chapter will then outline the theoretical and empirical challenge of radically asymmetric violence. It argues that in both significance and implications, the moral tension generated by the UAV-exclusive violence of the United States is qualitatively distinct from previous episodes of asymmetry. The chapter concludes by exploring the potential of radical asymmetry to undermine essential restraints between warring parties.

Keywords:   reciprocal risk, structural risk, physical risk, violence, contest, dehumanization, character of war, nature of war, radical asymmetry

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