Ethics and Autonomous Weapons

  • Alex Leveringhaus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Alex Leveringhaus
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  3. Alex Leveringhaus
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  4. Alex Leveringhaus
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-131

About this book

Introduction

 This book is amongst the first academic treatments of the emerging debate on autonomous weapons. Autonomous weapons are capable, once programmed, of searching for and engaging a target without direct intervention by a human operator. Critics of these weapons claim that ‘taking the human out-of-the-loop’ represents a further step towards the de-humanisation of warfare, while advocates of this type of technology contend that the power of machine autonomy can potentially be harnessed in order to prevent war crimes. This book provides a thorough and critical assessment of these two positions. Written by a political philosopher at the forefront of the autonomous weapons debate, the book clearly assesses the ethical and legal ramifications of autonomous weapons, and presents a novel ethical argument against fully autonomous weapons.

Keywords

Miltary technology Killer robots Autonomous weapons Drones Military Ethics Just War Theory Robots Warfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex Leveringhaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Manor Road BuildingUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52361-7
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, London
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52360-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52361-7
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