Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Dónal P. O’Mathúna, Bert Gordijn
    Pages 1-9 Open Access
  3. Conceptualization of Disasters in Different Disciplines

  4. Moral Theories and Response to Disasters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Vojin Rakić
      Pages 145-156 Open Access
    3. Henk ten Have
      Pages 157-174 Open Access
    4. Andrew Crabtree
      Pages 175-187 Open Access
    5. Paul Voice
      Pages 189-202 Open Access
    6. Lars Löfquist
      Pages 203-215 Open Access
    7. Eleni Kalokairinou
      Pages 217-227 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-244

About this book


This Open Access Book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapters on how ethical issues that arise in relation to disasters can be addressed from a number of fundamental normative approaches in moral and political philosophy. This book sets the stage for more focused normative debates given that no one book can be completely comprehensive. Providing analysis of core concepts, and with real-world relevance, this book should be of interest to disaster scholars and researchers, those working in ethics and political philosophy, as well as policy makers, humanitarian actors and intergovernmental organizations.


Open Access disaster bioethics disaster ethics humanitarian action natural hazards international law normative theories humanitarian aid disaster research public health preparedness emergency medicine epidemiology of disasters political philosophy intergovernmental organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Dónal P. O’Mathúna
    • 1
  • Vilius Dranseika
    • 2
  • Bert Gordijn
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Nursing and Human SciencesDublin City UniversityDublinIreland
  2. 2.Vilnius UniversityVilniusLithuania
  3. 3.Institute of EthicsDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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