Title

Citizen Responsibility for War in Imperfect Democracies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2009

Abstract

Are individual citizens of imperfect democracies morally responsible for unjust wars waged by their state? Moral responsibility for unjust wars involves both retrospective and social responsibility. Citizens of imperfect democracies are retrospectively responsible when they choose to vote for a leader they know will wage an unjust war. This situation may occur very rarely. For example, US citizens did not have this political option at the outset of the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. However, even when citizens are not retrospectively responsible they have the social responsibility to engage in collective action to address the harms unjust war causes.

Comments

Published in Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, 48(4), 813-840. 28 p. December 2009: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0012217309990436

Publisher

Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Cambridge University Press for the Canadian Philosophical Association

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