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Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter Oldenbourg May 12, 2016

Reason and Morality in the Age of Nuclear Deterrence

  • Jan Narveson
From the journal Analyse & Kritik


The argument in this paper is that although rationality and morality are distinguishable concepts, there is nevertheless a rational morality, a set of principles, namely, which it is rational of all to require of all. The argument of this paper is that such a morality would certainly issue in a general condemnation of aggressive war. (Whether this also makes it irrational for States to engage in such activities is another, and not entirely settled, matter). Correlatively, it would issue in a strong right of defense. Would this right be sufficient to include resort to nuclear deterrence, if need be? It is argued that the answer must be in the affirmative - although the question of ‘need’ is by no means settled in current circumstances.

Online erschienen: 2016-5-12
Erschienen im Druck: 1988-11-1

© 1988 by Lucius & Lucius, Stuttgart

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