Research Ethics Forum

Designed to Kill: The Case Against Weapons Research

Authors: Forge, John

  • Discusses the neglected topic of weapons research in the literature of applied ethics/applied moral philosophy  
  • Argues that weapons research is morally wrong and morally unjustifable  
  • Provides a wide ranging use of examples, from ancient weapons to those of the present day​
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About this book

The pilot-less drones, smart bombs and other high-tech weapons on display in recent conflicts are all the outcome of weapons research. However, the kind of scientific and technological endeavour has been around for a long time, producing not only the armaments of Nazi Germany and the atomic bombs dropped on Japan, but the catapults used in ancient Greece and Rome and the assault rifles used by child soldiers in Africa.  In this book John Forge examines such weapons research and asks whether it is morally acceptable to undertake such an activity. He argues that it is in fact morally wrong to take part in weapons research as its primary purpose is to produce the means to harm others, and moreover he argues that all attempts to then justify participation in weapons research do not stand up to scrutiny.

This book has wide appeal in fields of philosophy and related areas, as well to a more general audience who are puzzled about the rate at which new weapons are accumulated.

About the authors

John Forge taught in the departments of History and Philosophy of Science at the Universities of New South Wales and Wollongong, and in the School of Science (Science, Technology of Science Group) in Australia from 1975 to 2005. He has been the recipient of the Inaugural Prize for Excellence in Teaching at Griffith University, the David Harold Prize in Philosophy, and won the Eureka Prize in Research Ethics in 2010.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Forge, John

    Pages 1-7

  • Weapons, Weapons Research and the Case Against Weapons Research

    Forge, John

    Pages 9-37

  • The Development of Projectile Weapons: Ancient Catapults

    Forge, John

    Pages 39-57

  • The Development of Projectile Weapons 2: Firearms

    Forge, John

    Pages 59-79

  • The Development of Nuclear Weapons

    Forge, John

    Pages 81-104

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eBook $119.00
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Softcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9524-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Designed to Kill: The Case Against Weapons Research
Authors
Series Title
Research Ethics Forum
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5736-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5736-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5735-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9524-2
Series ISSN
2212-9529
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 314
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