Ethics and Autonomous Weapons

  • Alex Leveringhaus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 125-131

About this book


 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.


Miltary technology Killer robots Autonomous weapons Drones Military Ethics Just War Theory Robots Warfare

Authors and affiliations

  • Alex Leveringhaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Manor Road BuildingUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

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