Monthly Archives: January 2009

Episode 7. Jeff McMahan on Proportionality

Out of some 1,300 Palestinians killed in Gaza, Israel claims that it can name more than 700 of the dead who were Hamas fighters. Claiming precise knowledge of their targets, Israeli officials insist that their attacks were judiciously planned so as to minimize harm to civilians. No matter how cautious Israel is, though, any attack on its enemies will result in civilian casualties.

Today on Public Ethics Radio, we discuss the role that civilian casualties play in assessing the justice of war.

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Episode on proportionality coming very soon

I’m putting the finishing touches on a new episode on proportionality in war. The conversation is with the one and only Jeff McMahan, who graciously let us set this up on very short notice. The episode should be up by Wednesday.

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A brief intermission

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to 2009.

Christian and I are taking a short break from releasing PER episodes. It’s a productive break, though. We’ll be back with episode 7 on Jan. 26, which will feature the brilliant and charming David Grewal.

And we’ve got lots more in store. There will be plenty of short episodes (and some may really be short this time!). We’re also going to be bringing in a new collaborator to work on some long-form documentary pieces with us. And we’ll make a push toward making this website more vibrant.

It’s going to be a big year. Stay tuned.

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