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Drones and Responsibility
Legal, Philosophical and Socio-Technical Perspectives on Remotely Controlled Weapons

ISBN 9781472456724
Published August 1, 2016 by Routledge
227 Pages

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Book Description

How does the use of military drones affect the legal, political, and moral responsibility of different actors involved in their deployment and design? This volume offers a fresh contribution to the ethics of drone warfare by providing, for the first time, a systematic interdisciplinary discussion of different responsibility issues raised by military drones. The book discusses four main sets of questions: First, from a legal point of view, we analyse the ways in which the use of drones makes the attribution of criminal responsibility to individuals for war crimes more complicated and what adjustments may be required in international criminal law and in military practices to avoid ’responsibility gaps’ in warfare. From a moral and political perspective, the volume looks at the conditions under which the use of military drones by states is impermissible, permissible, or even obligatory and what the responsibilities of a state in the use of drones towards both its citizens and potential targets are. From a socio-technical perspective, what kind of new human machine interaction might (and should) drones bring and which new kinds of shared agency and responsibility? Finally, we ask how the use of drones changes our conception of agency and responsibility. The book will be of interest to scholars and students in (military) ethics and to those in law, politics and the military involved in the design, deployment and evaluation of military drones.

Table of Contents



INTRODUCTION "Learning Anew: Asia in IR and World Politics,"

  2. CHAPTER ONE "Dialogue of Civilizations: A Critical Security Studies Perspective,"

    CHAPTER TWO "Cosmopolitan Disorders: Ignoring Power, Overcoming Diversity, Transcending Borders,"

    CHAPTER THREE "Dams and ‘Green Growth’? Development Dissonance and the Transnational Percolations of Power,"

    CHAPTER FOUR "Latitudes of Anxieties: Bengali-Speaking Muslims and the Postcolonial State in Assam,"

  4. CHAPTER FIVE "The Nation-State Problematic: South Asia’s Experience,"

    CHAPTER SIX "The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute: An Ethos of Appropriateness and China’s ‘Loss’ of Ryukyu,"

    CHAPTER SEVEN "Sovereignty or Identity? The Significance of the Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands Dispute for Taiwan,"

    CHAPTER EIGHT "Stories of IR: Turkey and the Cold War,"

  5. THEORY 
  6. CHAPTER NINE "The Postcolonial Paradox of Eastern Agency,"

    CHAPTER TEN "Justifying Trans-Cultural Studies,"


CHAPTER ELEVEN "Anti-Colonial Empires: Creation of AfroAsian Spaces of Resistance,"

CHAPTER TWELVE "From Territory to Travel: Metabolism, Metamorphosis, and Mutation in IR,"

CHAPTER THIRTEEN "Empire of the Mind: Josẽ Rizal and Proto-Nationalism in the Philippines,"

CHAPTER FOURTEEN "The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture at the Intersection of State, Economy, and History,"

CHAPTER FIFTEEN "Romancing Westphalia: Westphalian IR and Romance of the Three Kingdoms,"

CONCLUSION "Uncontained Worlds,"


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Ezio Di Nucci is Associate Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Copenhagen, having previously taught at the University of Edinburgh (where he received his PhD in 2008), the University of Stirling, University College Dublin and the University of Duisburg-Essen (where he received his Habilitation in 2014). Ezio works mainly in ethics, bioethics and the philosophy of action.

Filippo Santoni de Sio is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Technology at Delft University of Technology. He received his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Turin in 2008. He has already published one monograph, one edited collection and more than thirty papers on moral and legal responsibility, the ethics of cognitive enhancement, and robot ethics. He is co-founder and secretary of the International Society for Responsible Robotics.