- Created by: mermaids_
- Created on: 14-04-14 18:05
- The Bible presents no single viewpoint on war and peace.
- The Old Testemnt shows both a revengeful God who destroys the enemies of his people and a God of peace.
- The New Testemnt says nothing about war between state, but many things such as 'Blessed are the peacemakers', 'turn the other cheek' and 'love your enemies' seem to imply a pacifists position.
- The teaching about love and the desire to protect the innocent will lead to most christians to follow the Just War theory, but some will follow a pacifist approach.
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- The primary precept of protecting innocent life will mean that a follower of Natural law will follow the Just War Theory.
- Natural law would also consider the motives for going to war the cause and intention.
- War should be to promote peace and harmonious society.
- Just war is Natural Law in practise of warfare.
- The doctrine of double effect can be applied in war, for exampke, bombing a civilian area that contains an enemy command post- the intention is to destroy the command post not the civilians.
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- War is good if it produces good results-the loss of life and suffering have to be outweighed by the benefit.
- It is difficult to apply the Hedonic Calculus to war as there are too many uncertainties.
- Like Just War Theory, utilitarianism would assess the liklihood of success-the ends must always justify the means.
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- Applying the categorical imperative to issues surrounding war and peace is not simple.
- It is difficult to universalise killing and Kant would not allow killingfor some greater good, nor would he allow people to be used as a means to an end.Howeverif going to war in self defence, war would be eliminated.
- Kant does emphasise duty- this would include the duty of a soldier to defend his country and to protect the innocent , so conflict can sometimes change society for the better.
- Living in a kingdom of ends is reflected in on perpetual peace where he recommends a federation of states which forbade war- this was the forerunner of the league of nations and then the UN
- Kant's deontological ethics is sometimes teleological when it comes to war.
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