Most people believe that it is sometimes morally permissible for a
person to use force to defend herself or others against harm. In
Defensive Killing, Helen Frowe offers a detailed exploration of
when and why the use of such force is permissible. She begins by
considering the use of force between individuals, investigating
both the circumstances under which an attacker forfeits her right
not to be harmed, and the distinct question of when it is
all-things-considered permissible to use force against an attacker.
Frowe then extends this enquiry to war, defending the view that we
should judge the ethics of killing in war by the moral rules that
govern killing between individuals. She argues that this requires
us to significantly revise our understanding of the moral status of
non-combatants in war. Non-combatants who intentionally contribute
to an unjust war forfeit their rights not to be harmed, such that
they are morally liable to attack by combatants fighting a just
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