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LEC21 – Supreme Emergency Nov 24 2009

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University of Toronto St. George
Tom Hurka

PHL378: War & Morality LEC21 Supreme Emergency Nov, 24th, 2009 supreme emergency = modern deontology deontology: opposite of consequentiallism, you should do an act not because its the right act whether or not it produce good consequences is irrelevant, and whether or not it had the right intention is also irrelevant Waltzer: if there is enough at stake, as in the early part of WWII, then targeting civilians in violation of discrimination condition can be permitted supreme emergency is not satisfied with war on japan supreme emergency is not satisfied with later war against Germany in WWII Post WWII, there is general agreement to not target civilians pg. 264 Waltzer Trumans defense of Hiroshima bombing the ppl we bombed in Japan does not have full rights not to be attacked bc they violated the War convention sliding scale argument Waltzer says that only combatants are legitimate targets and that this is not a good argument pg. 231 criticizing the sliding scale the rights of civilians is still present even in supreme emergency, we
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