The Morality of Nuclear Weapons
Radio Q&A: Sunday, 23 September 2012, Question 1
I answered a question on the morality of nuclear weapons on Philosophy in Action Radio on 23 September 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
When should nuclear weapons be used, if ever? Under what circumstances would a free society use nuclear weapons – or chemical or biological weapons? Are they so destructive that their use would never be acceptable? Or might they be used in self-defense to win a war or win a war more quickly?
My Answer, In Brief: All wars should be for self-defense, and in that context, nuclear weapons may be the most effective way to bring a speedy end to the conflict with minimal loss to one's own side.
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