Class Notes (783,911)
Canada (480,865)
Philosophy (1,459)
PHL378H1 (23)
Tom Hurka (23)
Lecture 9

LEC9 - Preemption and Prevention Oct 9 2009
LEC9 - Preemption and Prevention Oct 9 2009

3 Pages
Unlock Document

University of Toronto St. George
Tom Hurka

PHL 378 F2009 WEEK FIVE CLASS TWO talk about essay-writing at the end of class discussing extension to legalist paradigmUN conception of just cause that expands conception of defence against aggression to allow some first use of force; talked last time about pre-emption, as in Six Day War, when force is initiated to block an imminent attack by another state; Walzer allows this, and so do many theorists; more controversial subject is preventive war, as in War of Spanish Succession, where force is initiated to counter a threat that is not imminent but more speculative and further in the future Walzer, who allows pre-emptive war, forbids preventive war; his reason is that there is no manifest intention to aggress, let alone positive action on that intention; why is that important?, and one explanation of the importance of that is given in the McMahan article: it is permissible to use force against a state only when it is made itself morally liable to attack by doing something wrong; actually attacking is a clear wrong that brings with it liability, but so is intending to attack and starting a process of action aimed at attack; parallel with laws against conspiracy; student question Tuesday about existing contingency plans, like Germanys Schlieffen Plan; I dont think those are enough: you have to have further action specifically on the intention to attack but, McMahan initially argues, there seems to be no liability in the case of merely preventive war; consider case of Spanish Succession; there was then no spec
More Less

Related notes for PHL378H1

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.