The Morality of Retributive Targeted Killing

@article{Braun2019TheMO,
  title={The Morality of Retributive Targeted Killing},
  author={Christian Nikolaus Braun},
  journal={Journal of Military Ethics},
  year={2019},
  volume={18},
  pages={170 - 188}
}
  • C. Braun
  • Published 3 July 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Military Ethics
ABSTRACT This article assesses whether the contemporary consensus of just war thinking to allow only for defence as just cause for war between states should also be applied to the practice of targeted killing of non-state actors. It argues that it should not and puts forward an argument for a just cause of retribution for war between states and culpable unjust individuals. Grounded in a retributive reading of Thomas Aquinas, which considers the death penalty to be the domestic parallel to just… 

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