In Press - Morality and mortality: why the Church of England would have rejected Walzer's supreme emergency argument

Schwartz, M and Comer, D 2019, 'In Press - Morality and mortality: why the Church of England would have rejected Walzer's supreme emergency argument', Journal of Beliefs and Values, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 490-501.


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Title In Press - Morality and mortality: why the Church of England would have rejected Walzer's supreme emergency argument
Author(s) Schwartz, M
Comer, D
Year 2019
Journal name Journal of Beliefs and Values
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 490
End page 501
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract Walzer insists that his supreme emergency argument morally legitimises Churchill's 1940 decision to bomb German civilians. We contend, however, that it is morally deficient. We contend, further, that if Walzer's argument had been presented to the leaders of the Church of England in 1940 as justification for the bombing of German civilians, the Church leadership would have rejected it. According to Walzer, a supreme emergency forces us to waive rights we would honour under ordinary circumstances. But the Church has a different conception of rights. Because the Church is committed to universal rights - which are inviolable and cannot be overridden - it would never have agreed with Walzer. Our discussion as to those conflicting conceptions of rights illustrates what differentiates biblical ethics from secular ethics.
Subject Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Church of England
ethics
rights
supreme emergency
Walzer
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13617672.2018.1441350
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN 1361-7672
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