Major Department

Philosophy

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Fall 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Carrie Figdor

Thesis Mentor

Jovana Davidovic

Abstract

In this paper, I will argue that the use of autonomous weapons systems is immoral for two reasons. The first is that they are unable to form intent when acting – something we need in order to morally evaluate our actions – and that we need to morally evaluate our actions when we carry out actions of moral weight, like taking a life. The second is that autonomous weapons systems cannot account for shifting conventional morality, so they could cause problems in war, where morality can shift very rapidly. I will also contest my view against a number of objections and recount the other literature vital to this debate.

Keywords

drones, artificial intelligence, military ethics, applied ethics

Total Pages

27 pages

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Anne Ringelestein

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/266