Terror and collateral damage: Are they permissible?

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This article begins by comparing terror and death and then focuses on whether killing combatants and noncombatants as a mere means to create terror, that is in turn a means to winning a war, is ever permissible. The role of intentions and alternative acts one might have done is examined in this regard. The second part of the article begins by criticizing a standard justification for causing collateral (side effect) deaths in war and offers an alternative justification that makes use of the idea of group liability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-401
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Ethics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Collateral damage
  • Combatants
  • Group liability
  • Intention
  • Just war
  • Killing
  • Noncombatants
  • Permissibility
  • Terror

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