The moral foundations of the jus ad bellum/jus in bello distinction

Authored by: Steve Viner

Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415539340
eBook ISBN: 9780203107164
Adobe ISBN: 9781136261008


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In this chapter, I examine a recent challenge to Just War Theory that concerns the commonly accepted moral separateness between the moral rules applicable to going to war, i.e. jus ad bellum, and the moral rules pertaining to how one should fight a war, i.e. jus in bello. More specifically, I inquire into why some contemporary Just War Theorists reject this moral separateness between these two sets of rules and a specific rule of war supported by this separateness often referred to as “the moral equality of soldiers.” 1

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