Ethics and Autonomous Weapons

Authors: Leveringhaus, Alex

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 This book is amongst the first academic treatments of the emerging debate on autonomous weapons. Autonomous weapons are capable, once programmed, of searching for and engaging a target without direct intervention by a human operator. Critics of these weapons claim that ‘taking the human out-of-the-loop’ represents a further step towards the de-humanisation of warfare, while advocates of this type of technology contend that the power of machine autonomy can potentially be harnessed in order to prevent war crimes. This book provides a thorough and critical assessment of these two positions. Written by a political philosopher at the forefront of the autonomous weapons debate, the book clearly assesses the ethical and legal ramifications of autonomous weapons, and presents a novel ethical argument against fully autonomous weapons.

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Alex Leveringhaus is a Research Associate at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC), Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He is also a James Martin Fellow at the Oxford Martin School. Prior to these positions, he held a joint appointment as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at ELAC and the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology, Delft University of Technology. 

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“Alex Leveringhaus’ book is therefore timely. … I found Ethics and Autonomous Weapons an interesting and stimulating book, and I have no hesitation in recommending it. And I applaud anyone who writes about weapons research and related matters.” (John Forge, Metascience, June, 2017)


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Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethics and Autonomous Weapons
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52361-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-52361-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52360-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 131
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