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dc.contributor.authorKilner, Peteren_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:51:28Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:51:28Z
dc.date.issued1998-05-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-41998-18346en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/36685
dc.description.abstractJust-Warists and War-Pacifists disagree on whether soldiers are morally justified in killing each other in wartime combat. Many of their respective arguments, and their contradictory conclusions, are based upon principles of self-defense. In this thesis, I examine the role that principles of self-defense play in the arguments surrounding the moral justification of killing in combat. I do so by critiquing both a Just-Warist argument that relies on self-defense (constructed from the works of Michael Walzer and Judith Jarvis Thomson) and a War-Pacifist argument (developed by Richard Norman) that condemns killing in combat based on the moral requirements of self-defense. I demonstrate that both arguments fail due to their mistaken assumptions that soldiers are not morally responsible for their actions. I conclude by arguing that--once soldiers are recognized as morally responsible agents--killing in combat can be morally justified by principles of self-defense.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectpacifismen_US
dc.subjectjust waren_US
dc.subjectmilitary ethicsen_US
dc.subjectkillingen_US
dc.titleSoldiers, Self-Defense, and Killing in Waren_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPhilosophyen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMiller, Harlan B.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCroskery, Patrick T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberChristman, John P.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-41998-18346/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-05-07en_US
dc.date.rdate1998-05-20
dc.date.adate1998-05-20en_US


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