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Title: Technology and moral vacuums in just war theorising
Authors: Schwarz, Elke
First Published: 6-Jan-2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal of International Political Theory, 2018
Abstract: Our contemporary condition is deeply infused with scientific-technological rationales. These influence and shape our ethical reasoning on war, including the moral status of civilians and the moral choices available to us. In this article, I discuss how technology shapes and directs the moral choices available to us by setting parameters for moral deliberation. I argue that technology has moral significance for just war thinking, yet this is often overlooked in attempts to assess who is liable to harm in war and to what extent. This omission produces an undue deference to technological authority, reducing combatants, civilians and scenarios to data points. If we are to develop a maximally restrictive framework for harming civilians in war, which in my view should be a goal of just war thinking, then it is imperative that the scientific-technological dimension of contemporary war is given due attention.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1755088217750689
ISSN: 1755-1722
eISSN: 1755-1722
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications . Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Politics and International Relations

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