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Lecture 14

LEC14 – Proportionality and Necessity - Discrimination Oct 27 2009

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University of Toronto St. George
Tom Hurka

PHL378: War & Morality LEC14 Proportionality & Necessity Discrimination Oct, 27th, 2009 Variables for Proportionality Weighting responsibility is diminished when the wrongful act intervener is also the person who suffers the harm responsibility is diminished when the harmful third party action is after your action After (diminished) Before Same Person (diminished) Suicide Bomber Voluntary Shields Different Person Bomber victims deaths Involuntary Shields Infrastructure for civilians basic needs are not repaired by the government after the bombing against discounting: when you make moral choices, you have to make them in the world as you find it and not worrying about how it came to be that those effects will follow in favour discounting: evil people should not be protected by their moral character, if you do not discount, then evil people are morally benefiting by his evil choices Weighting of Relevant Good vs. Relevant Evil defence of national sovereignty usually this has JC and satisfy proportionality (except the case in which global nuclear war might result, Cech Slovakia case & Russia) this makes sense if you give fundamental rights to states when aggressor
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