Sparing Civilians

2017.04.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Seth Lazar, Sparing Civilians, Oxford University Press, 2015, 158pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198712985. Reviewed by Peter
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2017.04.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Seth Lazar, Sparing Civilians, Oxford University Press, 2015, 158pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198712985. Reviewed by Peter Tramel, Fort Hays State University The first sentence and straightforward thesis of this book are the same: "Killing civilians is worse than killing soldiers." To be clear, the context is killing enemy soldiers for the sake of winning a war. Nothing in the book suggests that the author would apply his thesis to ordinary murder cases. Presumably, if A kills B solely for the sake of robbing B or because A raped B and then kills B to silence her as a witness, then it should not matter who is a civilian or who is a soldier. It would not hurt for the author to be clearer about that. It might seem obvious that killing civilians for the sake of winning a war is worse than killing soldiers.... Read More

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