On today’s episode, we have one major question for philosopher Seth Lazar: is it ever acceptable to kill civilians in war? As with all good questions in philosophy, it turned out to be a lot more complicated than we initially thought. Lazar wrote Sparing Civilians, out now from Oxford University Press. He lays out what it takes for a civilian or soldier to be considered a threat, what it takes for someone be responsible for that threat, and how to weigh risking harm to other people. Then later in the show, host Andy Cullison sits down with producers Sandra Bertin and Christiane Wisehart to discuss what responsibility civilians in the United States have for foreign wars.
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- Seth Lazar
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- Last Week Tonight: Drones
- Ted Cruz debate: “What it means is using overwhelming air power…”
- Donald Trump: “You have to take out their families.”
- Just War Theory
- Michael Walzer
- Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations
- Rethinking Just War Theory (Jeff McMahan)
- Some other contemporary critics of Walzer’s Just War Theory
- Immanuel Kant’s “kingdom of ends“
- Daniel Pearl
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