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Medical Care During War: A Remainder and Prospect of Peace


Messelken, Daniel (2017). Medical Care During War: A Remainder and Prospect of Peace. In: Demont-Biaggi, Florian. The Nature of Peace and the Morality of Armed Conflict. London: Springer International Publishing, 293-321.

Abstract

Ideally, the (ethical) principles of medical care remain unaltered during armed conflict and can be interpreted as a remnant of peace during war. Healthcare providers also support future peace by not discriminating according to the conflict roles between enemy and friend or fighter and civilian, but by respecting everybody, in a non-conflict logic, as human beings. The antithetical view identifies medical care for wounded soldiers as a contribution to a threat. This chapter rejects such an interpretation, which can be found in parts of the revisionist just war theory, because it carelessly ignores the non-conflict logic, which is fundamental to the medical role. The aim of this chapter is twofold: (i) to show that and for which reasons medical care should not count as a contribution to a threat and (ii) to point out how medical care should be conceived in order to implement and defend its inherent peace-logic.

Abstract

Ideally, the (ethical) principles of medical care remain unaltered during armed conflict and can be interpreted as a remnant of peace during war. Healthcare providers also support future peace by not discriminating according to the conflict roles between enemy and friend or fighter and civilian, but by respecting everybody, in a non-conflict logic, as human beings. The antithetical view identifies medical care for wounded soldiers as a contribution to a threat. This chapter rejects such an interpretation, which can be found in parts of the revisionist just war theory, because it carelessly ignores the non-conflict logic, which is fundamental to the medical role. The aim of this chapter is twofold: (i) to show that and for which reasons medical care should not count as a contribution to a threat and (ii) to point out how medical care should be conceived in order to implement and defend its inherent peace-logic.

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Item Type:Book Section, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:31 Oct 2017 16:11
Last Modified:19 Feb 2018 09:03
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
ISBN:978-3-319-57123-2
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57123-2_15

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