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Animals and the ethics of war: a call for an inclusive just-war theory

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posted on 2023-09-27, 13:19 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn, Sara Van Goozen

Animals have been almost entirely absent from scholarly appraisals of the ethics of war. Just-war theory concerns when communities may permissibly resort to war; who may wage war; who they may harm in war; and what kinds of harm they may cause. Each question can be complicated by animals’ inclusion. After introducing just-war theory and the argument for an animal-inclusive just-war theory, this paper reviews ethical appraisals of war on animals’ behalf and wars against animals. It then turns to consider harm to and use of animals in war. It concludes by considering questions in the ethics of war beyond just-war theory as traditionally construed.

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British Academy (grant number PF19/100101)

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

International Relations

Volume

37

Issue

3

Pages

423 - 448

Publisher

SAGE

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author(s)

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This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).

Acceptance date

2023-07-01

Publication date

2023-08-05

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0047-1178

eISSN

1741-2862

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 3 July 2023

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