The Bane of 'Inhumane' Weapons and Overkill: An Overview of Increasingly Lethal Arms and the Inadequacy of Regulatory Controls

TitleThe Bane of 'Inhumane' Weapons and Overkill: An Overview of Increasingly Lethal Arms and the Inadequacy of Regulatory Controls
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRichardson, JG
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume10
Issue4
Pagination667-692
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1353-3452
AbstractWeapons of both defense and offense have grown steadily in their effectiveness--especially since the industrial revolution. The mass destruction of humanity, by parts or in whole, became reality with the advent of toxic agents founded on chemistry and biology or nuclear weapons derived from physics. The military's new noncombat roles, combined with a quest for nonlethal weapons, may change the picture in regard to conventional defense establishments but are unlikely to deter bellicose tyrants or the new terrorists from using the unlimited potential of today's and tomorrow's arsenals. The author addresses the issues that are raised by this developing situation with the intent of seeking those ethics that will enable us to survive in a future and uncertain world.
NotesCover Date: October 2004.Source Info: 10(4), 667-692. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 39-3. Subject: CONTROL; ETHICS; INHUMANE; TERRORISM; WEAPON. Update Code: 20090226.
DOI10.1007/s11948-004-0046-0

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