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    Autonomous Machines, Moral Judgment, and Acting for the Right Reasons
    Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 18 (4): 851-872. 2015.
    We propose that the prevalent moral aversion to AWS is supported by a pair of compelling objections. First, we argue that even a sophisticated robot is not the kind of thing that is capable of replicating human moral judgment. This conclusion follows if human moral judgment is not codifiable, i.e., it cannot be captured by a list of rules. Moral judgment requires either the ability to engage in wide reflective equilibrium, the ability to perceive certain facts as moral considerations, moral imag…Read more
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    Moral Predators: The Duty to Employ Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles
    Journal of Military Ethics 9 (4): 342-368. 2010.
    A variety of ethical objections have been raised against the military employment of uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs, drones). Some of these objections are technological concerns over UAVs abilities’ to function on par with their inhabited counterparts. This paper sets such concerns aside and instead focuses on supposed objections to the use of UAVs in principle. I examine several such objections currently on offer and show them all to be wanting. Indeed, I argue that we have a duty to protect …Read more
  •  73
    On human rights * by James Griffin (review)
    with P. Bloomfield
    Analysis 71 (1): 195-197. 2011.
    (No abstract is available for this citation)
  •  57
    Walking the Tightrope of Just War (review)
    Analysis 71 (3): 533-544. 2011.
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    Those Frightening Men: A New Interpretation of Plato’s Battle of Gods and Giants
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2): 217-232. 2012.
    In Plato’s Sophist (245e–247e) an argument against metaphysical materialism in the “battle of gods and giants” is presented which is oft the cause of consternation, primarily because it appears the characters are unfair to the materialist position. Attempts to explain it usually resort to restructuring the argument while others rearrange the Sophist entirely to rebuild the argument in a more satisfying form. I propose a different account of the argument that does not rely on a disservice to the …Read more
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    Those Frightening Men: A New Interpretation of Plato's Battle of Gods and Giants
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (2): 217-232. 2012.
    In Plato’s Sophist an argument against metaphysical materialism in the “battle of gods and giants” is presented which is oft the cause of consternation, primarily because it appears the characters are unfair to the materialist position. Attempts to explain it usually resort to restructuring the argument while others rearrange the Sophist entirely to rebuild the argument in a more satisfying form. I propose a different account of the argument that does not rely on a disservice to the materialist …Read more
  •  8
    Guest editor's introduction the ethical debate over cyberwar
    Journal of Military Ethics 12 (1): 1-3. 2013.
  •  2
    A cautiously optimistic proposal
    In Fritz Allhoff, Nicholas Evans & Adam Henschke (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Ethics and War: Just War Theory in the 21st Century, Routledge. 2013.
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    Who Should Die? The Ethics of Killing in War (edited book)
    Oxford University Press. 2017.
    This volume collects influential and groundbreaking philosophical work on killing in war. A " of contemporary scholars, this volume serves as a convenient and authoritative collection uniquely suited for university-level teaching and as a reference for ethicists, policymakers, stakeholders, and any student of the morality of war.