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Counting animals in war: First steps towards an inclusive just-war theory

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posted on 16.05.2022, 11:03 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn, Sara Van Goozen
War is harmful to animals, but few have considered how such harm should affect assessments of the justice of military actions. In this article, we propose a way in which concern for animals can be included within the just-war framework, with a focus on necessity and proportionality. We argue that counting animals in war will not make just-war theory excessively demanding, but it will make just-war theory more humane. By showing how animals can be included in our proportionality and necessity assessments, we provide a crucial first step towards developing an animal-inclusive account of just-war theory.

Funding

British Academy, grant number PF19\100101

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Social Theory and Practice

Volume

47

Issue

4

Pages

657 - 685

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Social Theory and Practice

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Social Theory and Practice and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.5840/soctheorpract2020123110

Publication date

2021-10-31

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0037-802X

eISSN

2154-123X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 28 March 2022