Contemporary Moral Problems: War, Terrorism, Torture and by James E. White

By James E. White

Excerpted chapters from the 9th variation of White modern ethical difficulties made to be had to supply readers with a short anthology for the research of the ethics of warfare, terrorism, torture, and assassination. Supported with challenge instances, an illuminating introductory essay, and research questions, this article is going to interact scholars in a single of the main an important ethical debates of our time. Readings representing divergent viewpoints will problem them to advance their very own severe positions. this article is out there both as a standalone reader or may be bundled with the other Wadsworth name.

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Why does Calhoun believe that terrorism is best understood by appealing to the very just war theory invoked by nations defending their wars? DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. Calhoun argues that anyone can rationalize war or terrorism by appealing to just war theory. Is this true? Why or why not? 2. ” Do you agree? Why or why not? 3. Calhoun claims that there is hardly any moral difference between what the terrorists do and what nations such as the United States do when they drop bombs on enemy nations knowing full well that innocent people will die.

Notice that Professor Wedgwood argues in terms of what the men seized in Bosnia were planning to do, not what they did; notice as well that the decision of the Bosnian court that there was insufficient evidence does not matter. These are characteristics of the war model. a. Abdullah al Muhajir, and Yasser Esam Hamdi) have been held in American military prisons, with no crimes charged, no opportunity to consult counsel, and no hearing. The President described Padilla as “a bad man” who aimed to build a nuclear “dirty” bomb and use it against America; and the Justice Department has classified both men as “enemy combatants” who may be held indefi nitely.

3, pp. 329–340. G REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. According to Calhoun, what is the concrete message of terrorists? What is the more global message, the “tacit message”? 2. What problems does Calhoun see with the legal and moral defi nitions of the term terrorists? 3. How do terrorists view their actions, according to Calhoun? 4. How do military justify “collateral damage,” or the killing of innocent people, according to Calhoun? G 5. What role does interpretation play in just war theory, in Calhoun’s view?

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