An analysis of the ethical justification of war using the utilitarian theory of ethics the kantian d

Other normative theories focus on a set of foundational principles, or a set of good character traits. This is because the will is a kind of cause—willing causes action. That would have the consequence that the CI is a logical truth, and Kant insists that it is not or at least that it is not analytic.

By contrast with the maxim of the lying promise, we can easily conceive of adopting a maxim of refusing to develop any of our talents in a world in which that maxim is a universal law of nature. Belfieldsought to distinguish between murder and assassination, the latter being justifiable according to the higher purposes sought.

Of course, throughout history, philosophers have attempted to understand the roles that gender may play in moral life.


Kant must therefore address the possibility that morality itself is an illusion by showing that the CI really is an unconditional requirement of reason that applies to us. Some feminist work is authored by members of privileged groups, while other feminist work is written by and attends to concerns of those in marginalized groups. The principle of discrimination concerns who are legitimate targets in war, whilst the principle of proportionality concerns how much force is morally appropriate. In principle such a prescription is commendable, yet the nature of war is not so clean cut when military targets can be hidden amongst civilian centers. City of God. Obi: So, there's the contradiction. Prenatal issues arise about the morality of surrogate mothering, genetic manipulation of fetuses, the status of unused frozen embryos, and abortion. Consequentialist theories are sometimes called teleological theories, from the Greek word telos, or end, since the end result of the action is the sole determining factor of its morality. With regards to just cause, a policy of war requires a goal, and that goal must be proportional to the other principles of just cause. Ellington Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, Link to PDF 1. The different approaches of feminists to ethics raise questions as to whether feminist ethics can be either universalist or absolutist. Robson London: Routledge and Toronto, Ont. For another, our motive in conforming our actions to civic and other laws is rarely unconditional respect.

While building on existing frameworks of liberalism, rights theory, and deontology, feminist ethicists have argued for granting rights where they have been previously neglected Brennan But also, for Kant, a will that operates by being determined through the operation of natural laws, such as those of biology or psychology, cannot be thought of as operating by responding to reasons.

This appears to say that moral rightness is not a function of the value of intended or actual outcomes.

utilitarianism and the ethics of war

Discussions of this issue focus on two claims: 1 traditional morality is male-centered, and 2 there is a unique female perspective of the world which can be shaped into a value theory.

This is not to say that to be virtuous is to be the victor in a constant and permanent war with ineradicable evil impulses or temptations. Walzer, Michael

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Just War Theory