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Reflections On How We Live$
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Annette Baier

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570362

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.001.0001

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Discriminate Death-Dealing

Discriminate Death-Dealing

Who May Kill Whom, and How?

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(p.54) 3 Discriminate Death-Dealing
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Reflections On How We Live
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Annette C. Baier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570362.003.0003

This chapter focuses on David Wiggins' theory on the ‘deontological core’ of morality that prohibits humanity to commit acts of murder, wounding, injury, plunder, or pillage. However, with the person's ability to prevent aversive acts and be repulsed by the notion of violence, people also have the capacity to abandon the core of morality and permit the harming of others. The chapter concludes with a description of events where people demonstrated deadly force, such as the invasion of nations and killing of neighboring countries, occurrences of genocide, and primitive human sacrifices.

Keywords:   David Wiggins, deontological core, morality, aversive acts, deadly force, genocide, human sacrifices

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