Proportionality and responsibility

  • Michael Walzer Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
Keywords: proportionality, responsibility, asymmetric warfare, just war theory


This article examines two versions of the proportionality constraint in just war theory, one minimalist, prohibiting almost no military acts, and one maximalist, prohibiting pretty much everything. I argue that neither one meets the needs of the theory and that they should be supplemented and modified by an ethic of responsibility.


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