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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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Reciprocity and Just Conduct in War

Reciprocity and Just Conduct in War

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(p.81) 4 Reciprocity and Just Conduct in War
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Asymmetric Killing
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Neil C. Renic

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198851462.003.0005

This chapter locates the role of reciprocal risk within the Just War Tradition. This begins with the ‘conventionalist’ account of the moral right to kill. The chapter then considers the most recent challenge to this position in the form of Just War ‘revisionism’. Following this, it will examine the more consequentialist approach of ‘contractarianism’. The chapter will demonstrate that within all three of these approaches, an assumption of war as a site of reciprocal structural risk plays an essential role in the permissiveness of inter-combatant violence. The chapter then explores the tension between the coherence of these justifications and conditions of radical asymmetry.

Keywords:   Just War Tradition, Just War theory, conventionalism, revisionism, contractarianism, risk, reciprocal risk, structural risk, self-defence

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