The Nuclear Dilemma: The Greatest Moral Problem of All Time

Eighth Annual Morgenthau Memorial Lecture

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The Nuclear Dilemma: The Greatest Moral Problem of All Time

Father Theodore Hesburgh, president emeritus of Notre Dame University, argues that because nuclear weapons negate the key just-war principles of discrimination (not killing innocent civilians) and proportionality (not using force of greater magnitude than the good to be achieved in justifiable defense), they remain “the greatest moral challenge of all time.”

Lamenting the nuclear weapons race between the United States and the Soviet Union, he proposes practical steps towards reducing the nuclear arsenal.

Read More: Just War Tradition, Nuclear Proliferation

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