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Ethics in Extremis: Targeted Killings and the Morality of Hard Choices

Center for Ethics and Public Affairs Public Lecture

Michael Moore, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign



Stibbs Room, LBC


Would Neville Chamberlain have been ethically justified in ordering the assassination of Adolf Hitler in 1938? If so, what about present-day military forces that engage in “targeted killings” of individuals? Can such targeted killings ever be the morally right thing to do? Professor Moore, one of the country’s most prominent authorities on the intersection of law and philosophy, will address these questions in his lecture.

About the Speaker

Michael Moore is the Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. University Chair, Professor of Law, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In addition to eight books, Professor Moore has published some 60 major articles which have appeared in the country’s top law reviews including Stanford, Berkeley, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Cornell, as well as peer reviewed journals in philosophy and psychiatry. His books include Placing Blame, a General Theory of the Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 1997), Act and Crime: The Philosophy of Action and its Implications for Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 1993), and Law and Psychiatry: Rethinking the Relationship (Cambridge University Press, 1984)

Professor Moore has held a number of fellowships from institutions such as the Law and Humanities program of Harvard University and the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California. From January-June 2002 and again in the spring of 2004, he was a visiting research fellow in the law program of Australian National University’s Research School of Social Sciences in Canberra, Australia.

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