Innocent Civilians

The Morality of Killing in War

  • Colm McKeogh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


Why is it that soldiers may be killed in war but civilians may not be killed? By tracing the evolution of the principle of non-combatant immunity in Western thought from its medieval religious origins to its modern legal status, Colm McKeogh attempts to answer this question. In doing so he highlights the unsuccessful attempts to reconcile warfare with our civilization's most fundamental principles of justice.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Colm McKeogh
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  1. 1.University of WaikatoNew Zealand

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