The Ethics of Drone Warfare

  • Aleksandar Fatić Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade
Keywords: effectivity, warfare, drones, technology, military ethics.


The paper investigates the compatibility of the modern technologies of warfare, specifically the use of offensive drones, with traditional military ethics and suggests that the new technologies radically change the value system of the military in ways which make large parts of the traditional military ethics inapplicable. The author suggests that Agamben’s concept of ‘effectivity’ through ‘special actions’ which mark one’s belonging to a particular community or profession is a useful conceptual strategy to explore the compatibility of drone warfare with traditional military ethics; this strategy shows mixed results at best.

Keywords: effectivity, warfare, drones, technology, military ethics


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