publication . Research . 2009

What is Wrong in Killing Civilians?

Majima, Shunzo;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2009 Journal: Journal of the Graduate School of Letters, volume 4, pages 67-76 (issn: 1880-8832, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University
In this article, we examine the status of civilians in the ethical context. For this purpose, we explore the ethical sources that address their status; specifically, we consider the ethical reasons that civilians should be protected in armed conflict by examining ethical concepts that could differentiate civilians from combatants and justify the protection of civilians. In order to assess how the status of civilians can be characterised and their protection justified by ethical concepts, we examine the five following concepts; moral innocence, innocence as harmlessness, responsibility, rights, and personal project. We conclude by arguing that the concept of pers...
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