Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Attack of the drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and moral problems
by Kirk, Tyler B., M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2014, 45; 1555262
Abstract (Summary)

The frequency of use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for combat by the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. Since this technology has comprised a significant portion of American counter-terror operations abroad and there are virtually no signs of this practice slowing or ceasing in the foreseeable future, it is necessary to closely examine the ethical implications of remote-control warfare. At first glance, arguments supporting the use of "drones" seem robust and sensible: in theory, they save American military lives. But upon further investigation, the use of drones in practice actually creates morally murky, problematic situations that could lead to great transgression of the laws of a just war. I argue that for all its apparent benefits, drone use thrusts modern warfare at large into an ethically unprecedented arena of vast asymmetry between opposing forces and what this means for the authorized use of force in wartime.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fuller, Lisa, Mandle, Jon
Commitee:
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Ethics, Philosophy
Keywords: Combatant, Drones, Ethics, Just war theory, Strawser, Unmanned aerial vehicles
Publication Number: 1555262
ISBN: 978-1-303-87270-9
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