Ethics of Chemical Weapons Research: Poison Gas in World War One

  title={Ethics of Chemical Weapons Research: Poison Gas in World War One},
  author={J. Schummer},
This paper first provides a brief narrative of the research, development, and deployment of poison gases in WWI as well as of the subsequent history of chemical warfare and international conventions to ban it. Because chemical weapons research is still allowed by national and international laws, and indeed widely conducted, it is a primary case for ethical investigation. The analysis shows that chemical weapons research is morally wrong by all major ethical theories, i.e. by both utilitarianism… Expand

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