Joseph O. Chapa

Joseph O. Chapa is an officer in the US Air Force and a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Oxford (anticipated spring 2020). His areas of expertise include just war theory, military ethics, and especially the ethics of remote and autonomous weapons. His doctoral research investigates an individual rights-based account of just war theory. He is a senior pilot with more than 1,400 pilot and instructor pilot hours, many of which were flown in support of major US combat and humanitarian operations. He holds an MA in philosophy from Boston College and a BA in philosophy from Boston University.

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Who Can Be Killed in War? A Conversation with Joseph Chapa on the Just War Tradition
Who Can Be Killed in War? A Conversation with Joseph Chapa on the Just War Tradition

To what degree are combatants in war morally liable to be killed, and to what degree are their adversaries morally permitted—or obligated—to kill them? To discuss this, Marc LiVecche sat down recently with Major Joseph Chapa.