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Ethics, Security, and The War-Machine: The True Cost of the Military

Ned Dobos


If pacifists are correct in thinking that war is always unjust, then presumably we ought to eliminate the possibility and temptation of ever engaging in it: We should not build war-making capacity, and if we already have, then demilitarisation—or military abolition—would seem to be the appropriate course to take. On the other hand, if war is sometimes justified, as most of us believe, then presumably it must be permissible to prepare for it by creating and maintaining a military establishment. On this view, in order for war-building to be justified, it is both necessary and sufficient that war ... More

Keywords: pacifism, war, just war theory, antimilitarism, demilitarisation, military abolition, security, ethics, morality of war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198860518
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198860518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ned Dobos, author
University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy