chapter  8
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Predicaments with prohibitions

The disputability of just what ought to be done by way of humanitarian inspired prohibitions has been a central theme of this book. The reasons for this contestation are many. Disagreements in the necessity and appropriateness of the use of force are pervasive. Many competing descriptions are routinely made of particular acts so as to support alternative evaluations. The role of technology in acts of force is likewise multiply conceived. Parts I and II sought to develop a greater appreciation of the intellectual and ethical difficulties associated with establishing bounds for the acceptability of weaponry and force. While there are no doubt acts and deaths to decry, formally specifying just what counts as 'appropriate' versus 'inappropriate' force is problematic. As argued, attempts to authoritatively name 'the trouble' with weaponry are as vital as they are vexed.