War and murder

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Two attitudes are possible: one, that the world is an absolute jungle and that the exercise of coercive power by rulers is only a manifestation of this; and the other, that it is both necessary and right that there should be this exercise of power, that through it the world is much less of a jungle than it could possibly be without it, so that one should in principle be glad of the existence of such power, and only take exception to its unjust exercise.
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Intention, Temporal Order, and Moral Judgments.Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter; Mallon, Ron; Mccoy, Tom & Hull, Jay G.

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