To Do, To Die, To Reason Why: Individual Ethics in War

ISBN : 9780198831549

Victor Tadros
336 ページ
153 x 234 mm

To Do, To Die, To Reason Why offers a new account of the ethics of war and the legal regulation of war. It is especially concerned with the conduct of individuals, including whether they are required to follow orders to go to war, what moral constraints there are on killing in war, what makes people liable to be killed in war, and the extent to which the laws of war ought to reflect the morality of war. Victor Tadros defends a largely anti-authority view about the morality of war, and notable moral constraints on killing in war, such as the Doctrine of Doing and Allowing and a version of the Doctrine of Double Effect. However, he argues that a much wider range of people are liable to be harmed or killed in war than is normally thought to be the case, on grounds of both causal involvement and fairness. And it argues that the laws of war should converge much more closely with the morality of war than is currently the case.


1. Introduction
2. The Morality of Harm: In and Out of War
3. Fighting for One's Own
4. Against Following Orders
5. Personal and Interpersonal Sources of Doing and Allowing
6. The Significance of Intentions
7. Responsibility and Liability
8. Killing and Aggregation
9. Why It is Wrong to Kill Non-Responsible Threats
10. Causation and Liability
11. Sharing the Costs of War
12. Why Law and Morality Should Converge
13. Accountability for Wrongdoing in War


Victor Tadros is Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory at the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Warwick, he held positions at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. In the Fall 2015, he was Carter Visiting Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. He is the sole author of three previous books with OUP: Criminal Responsibility (2005), The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law (2011) and Wrongs and Crimes (2016). From 2014-2018 he held a Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship, and in 2018 he was elected Fellow of the British Academy.