Volume 27, Issue 2, 2017
Empathy as a Corrective to Pseudospeciation
On the Role of Noncombatant Immunity in the Just War Ethic
The value and practicality of in bello discrimination in the context of “modern war” has been the subject of much scholarly debate. This essay analyzes in bello discrimination within the framework of the just war ethic in conversation with these contemporary concerns. In addition to analyzing objections frequently brought to bear on the feasibility of practicing in bello discrimination, this essay emphasizes the role of empathy as a corrective to pseudospeciation if violations of noncombatant immunity are to be reduced.