Selective Conscientious Objection

Authored by: Paul Robinson

Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415743686
eBook ISBN: 9781315813516
Adobe ISBN: 9781317801771

10.4324/9781315813516.ch6

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Abstract

Pacifists who object to all wars are what one might call “general conscientious objectors.” People who have no objection to participating in war in general but who refuse to fight in a specific war on the grounds that it is unjust are “selective conscientious objectors.” This chapter examines whether the actions of the latter are compatible with professional military ethics.

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