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Book Spotlight: The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War

The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War

By Alec Douglas Walen MN ‘87

During the course of modern war, when is killing justified? In The Mechanics of Claims and Permissible Killing in War, Alec D. Walen provides his and others’ perspectives on the question. Through a new theory of moral rights, Dr. Walen outlines the permissibility of killing during wartime. Considering rights as competing claims, the theory provides methods to measure those claims, making it possible to determine whether or not a person’s rights are morally violated by killing.

Dr. Walen is a professor at Rutgers University, with a joint appointment in Law, Philosophy, and Criminal Justice. Here, he applies the “Page 99 Test” to his book.


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