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Moral Paradoxes of Nuclear Deterrence - Gregory S. Kavka

Moral Paradoxes of Nuclear Deterrence

Paperback Published: 27th June 1988
ISBN: 9780521338967
Number Of Pages: 256

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This volume examines the complex and vitally important ethical questions connected with the deployment of nuclear weapons and their use as a deterrent. A number of the essays contained here have already established themselves as penetrating and significant contributions to the debate on nuclear ethics. They have been revised to bring out their unity and coherence, and are integrated with new essays. The books exceptional rigor and clarity make it valuable whether the reader"s concern with nuclear ethics is professional or personal. Part I explores the morality of nuclear deterrrence from each of the two dominant traditions in moral philosophy, deontology and consequentialism, and points out a number of interesting ethical dilemmas. Part II criticizes a variety of alternatives to deterrence - unilateral nuclear disarmament, world government, strategic defense against ballistic missiles, and nuclear coercion - and argues for mutual nuclear disarmament as a realistic and desirable long-run alternative.

Moral Paradoxes of Nuclear Deterrence
Some paradoxes of deterrence
A paradox of deterrence revisited
Deterrence, utility and rational choice
Nuclear deterrence: some moral perplexities
Dilemmas of nuclear protest
Alternative to Nuclear Deterrence
Unilateral nuclear disarmament
World government
Strategic defense
Nuclear coercion
Mutual nuclear disarmament
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ISBN: 9780521338967
ISBN-10: 0521338964
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 27th June 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.33