Non-Lethal Weapons: A Transitory Tool for Peace

Non-Lethal Weapons: A Transitory Tool for Peace

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dc.contributor.author Staulus, Nadia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-08T14:29:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-08T14:29:30Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-02-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20678
dc.description.abstract This thesis argues for the use of Non-Lethal Weapons (NLW) as a new alternative to traditional warfare and their use to prevent collective humiliation and resentment on the losing side and trauma associated with killing on the winning side. In order to achieve this aim, militaries need to be transformed into policing units with a stronger emphasis on defence, without resorting to lethal tactics. The ethical framework for this discussion is Alan Gewirth’s rationalist communitarian rights philosophy, with exception to Gewirth’s assertion that conscripting citizens to fight in wars can be morally justified. This thesis argues that conscription is a clear violation of human rights and that it is contradictory to Gewirth’s theoretical emphasis on individual’s rights as well as the need for a supportive and nurturing state. Through an analysis of the proponents and the critics of NLW, this thesis concludes that if used properly, NLW have the potential to greatly reduce suffering and death of non-combatants as well as combatants in violent conflicts. Arguably, this measure would not only greater facilitate the upholding of human rights, but also offer the possibility for reconciliation between states. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject weapons en_US
dc.subject non-lethal en_US
dc.subject military ethics en_US
dc.subject Alan Gewirth en_US
dc.title Non-Lethal Weapons: A Transitory Tool for Peace en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Feist, Richard
dc.embargo.terms immediate en_US
dc.degree.name MA en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.discipline philosophy en_US

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