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Designed to kill : the case against weapons research

Author: John Forge
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer, [2013] ©2013
Series: Research ethics forum, v. 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The pilot-less drones, smart bombs and other high-tech weapons on display in recent conflicts are all the outcome of weapons research. However, the kind of scientific and technological endeavour has been around for a long time, producing not only the armaments of Nazi Germany and the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, but the catapults used in ancient Greece and Rome and the assault rifles used by child soldiers in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Forge
ISBN: 9789400757356 9400757352
OCLC Number: 813947428
Description: xiv, 314 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Weapons, Weapons Research and the Case Against Weapons Research --
3. The Development of Projectile Weapons: Ancient Catapults --
4. The Development of Projectile Weapons 2: Firearms --
5. The Development of Nuclear Weapons --
6. The Moral Dimension of Weapons Research --
7. How to Make the Case Against Weapons Research --
8. Defensive, Deterrent and 'Humane' Weapons --
9. Weapons Research, Contexts and Justifications, and the Analogy with Explanation --
10. Just War Theory and Wartime Weapons Research --
11. War and Realism --
12. Commercial Weapons Research and Peacetime Weapons Research --
g 13. Weapons Research and Supreme Emergency --
Conclusion: the case against weapons research.
Series Title: Research ethics forum, v. 1.
Responsibility: John Forge.

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With examples ranging from ancient arms to modern innovations such as pilotless drones, this study of the neglected topic of weapons research deploys applied ethics and moral philosophy to argue that  Read more...

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