Professor Cecile Fabre (Oxford) at Birkbeck, University of London: "The Philosophy of Humanitarian Intervention"
Start time: 4pm
Location: 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury
Free entry; open to all
"There now is a broad consensus, amongst war ethicists, that military intervention into the internal affairs of a sovereign state is sometimes morally permissible, in particular as a means to stop and prevent crimes which, in the now standard phrase, shock ‘the conscience of mankind’. The issue is particularly salient at the moment, in the light of the intervention in Lybia. Yet, defending the right to intervene from an ethical point of view is surprisingly difficult if one bears in mind that an intervention consists in killing some (many?) individuals, not all of whom are in fact responsible for the egregious wrongdoings which trigger the war. My aim, in this talk, is to try and do precisely that. I first offer an argument in favour of intervention. I end with some remarks about rules of conduct in such wars - particularly as pertain conduct vis a vis innocent civilians." Cecile Fabre
Cecile Fabre took up the Tutorial Fellowship in Philosophy at Lincoln College, Oxford, in 2010, having previously held posts at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh. She has published extensively on rights, distributive justice, democracy and, more recently, on the ethics of war. She is currently writing a research monograph for Oxford University Press on a cosmopolitan theory of the just war. Articles related to that project have recently appeared in The British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Political Philosophy, International Affairs, and Ethics.
Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H OPD
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