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Supreme Emergencies Without the Bad Guys
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2009 (English)In: Philosophia (Ramat Gan), ISSN 0048-3893, E-ISSN 1574-9274, Vol. 37, no 1, 153-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the application of the supreme emergency doctrine from just-war theory to non-antagonistic threats. Two versions of the doctrine are considered: Michael Walzer's communitarian version and Brian Orend's prudential one. I investigate first whether the doctrines are applicable to non-antagonistic threats, and second whether they are defensible. I argue that a version of Walzer's doctrine seems to be applicable to non-antagonistic threats, but that it is very doubtful whether the doctrine is defensible. I also argue that Orend's version of the doctrine is applicable to non-antagonistic threats, but that his account is not defensible, regardless of whether the threats are antagonistic or not.

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2009. Vol. 37, no 1, 153-167 p.
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Ethics, Supreme emergency, Just war, Disease control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-32658DOI: 10.1007/s11406-008-9145-5ISI: 000265971900015ScopusID: 2-s2.0-58849163221OAI: diva2:411321
QC 20110418Available from: 2011-04-18 Created: 2011-04-18 Last updated: 2011-04-18Bibliographically approved

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