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Ethics of civilian protection

Majima, Shunzo (2011)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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In this thesis, I discuss the ethics of civilian protection in armed conflict from the perspective of applied ethics. Specifically, I attempt to explore a way to supplement the limitations of just war theory in civilian protection by providing a fundamental case for civilian protection, by way of considering insights gleaned from David Hume’s conception of justice, and from the perspective of professional military ethics. Moreover, I will further defend my argument for the protection of civilians in armed conflict by demonstrating the immorality of torture. In Chapter 1, I discuss the status of civilians by examining legal and ethical concepts. In Chapter 2, I critically discuss the scope and limitations of just war theory in civilian protection. In Chapter 3, I analyse how civilian protection was considered and how civilians were harmed in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. In Chapter 4, I critically examine civilian protection as part of just conduct in armed conflict by referring to Hume’s conception of justice. In Chapter 5, I examine civilian protection from the perspective of military ethics. In Chapter 6, I make a case against the moral justifiability of torturing civilians in order to illustrate how civilians should be protected in an extreme situation.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Van Den Anker, Christian and Helsten, Sirrku and Widdowes, Heather and Tabensky, Pedro
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religion
Subjects:B Philosophy (General)
BJ Ethics
JZ International relations
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:2877
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