Morality and the Bomb: An Ethical Assessment of Nuclear Deterrence, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Morality and the Bomb

An Ethical Assessment of Nuclear Deterrence, 1st Edition

By David Fisher


142 pages

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pub: 2020-06-01
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Originally published in 1985, this book surveys how NATO policy sought to come to terms with the revolution in thinking about war which was brought about by the advent of nuclear weapons. It also examines the logic of deterrence. The book assesses the ethical issues involved, using as a framework the tradition of the idea of the Just War. A detailed modern version of the theory is elaborated and defended from an ethical viewpoint that gives due weight both to the mental states of the agent and to the consequences of his agency. The principle of non-combatant immunity is also examined for its clear relevance to the debate. Further considerations involve the effectiveness of deterrence and its morality, and the question whether deterrence can be effective even if its use is prohibited. The book also discusses the implications of various possible changes in NATO policy.

Table of Contents

1. Deterrence 2. The Just War Tradition I 3. The Just War Tradition II 4. Just War and Nuclear Weapons: A Preliminary Assessment 5. Alternatives to Deterrence 6. Deterrence and Intentions 7. Deterrence and Use: The Just War Theory Reapplied 8. Some Policy Implications of the Moral Argument 9. Conclusions and a Vision for the Future.

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David Fisher

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Routledge Library Editions: Ethics

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy