Saba Bazargan

Saba Bazargan

Department of Philosophy
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0119
La JollaCalifornia 92093-0119
H&SS 8061

Curriculum vitae [pdf]


I am a moral philosopher working primarily on the ethics of war and self-defense. I earned my doctoral degree at Rutgers University, where I worked with Jeff McMahan. I am part of a small but growing number of ethicists who, over the past two decades, have critically analyzed Just War theory. Our goal is not to abandon the project of morally evaluating wars, or even to abandon the Just War tradition broadly construed, but to reshape it by developing a more cogent framework for the evaluation of wars – one which is inspired by the Just War tradition but more responsive to developments in normative ethics and to the realities of modern politics and warfare.

I also have interests in collective responsibility and complicitous liability – and have written on their connection to the morality of war.  Publications, preprints, and drafts of works in progress can be accessed below.

Publications and Pre-Prints

  1. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Wars and the Reprisal Dilemma”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Volume 93, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 583-601.
  2. Bazargan, Saba. “Non-Combatant Immunity and War-Profiteering.” In Oxford Handbook on the Ethics of War, Eds. Helen Frowe, Seth Lazar. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  3. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Liability Without Culpability.” In The Ethics of Self-Defense, Ed. Michael E. Weber. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  4. Bazargan, Saba. “Killing Minimally Responsible Threats”, Ethics, Volume 125, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 114-136.
  5. Bazargan, Saba. “Moral Coercion”, Philosophers’ Imprint, Volume 14, Issue 11, 2014, pp. 1-18.
  6. Bazargan, Saba. "Morally Heterogeneous Wars", Philosophia: Philosophy Quarterly of Israel, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 959-975.
  7. Bazargan, Saba. “Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism” Law and Philosophy, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 435-457.
  8. Bazargan, Saba. “Complicitous Liability in War”, Philosophical Studies, Volume 165, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 177-195.
  9. Bazargan, Saba. “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism.” In How We Fight, Eds. Helen Frowe; Gerald Lang. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  10. Bazargan, Saba. “The Permissibility of Aiding and Abetting Unjust Wars”, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 4, 2011, pp. 513-529.

Book Reviews

  1. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Cosmopolitan War. Cecile Fabre, in Mind (forthcoming).
  2. Bazargan, Saba. Review of War and Moral Dissonance. Peter French, in Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 116-119.
  3. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Morality and War. David Fisher, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, November 9th, 2011.
  4. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Just and Unjust Warriors: The Moral and Legal Status of Soliders. Eds. David Rodin and Henry Shue, in Ethics, Volume 119, Issue 3, 2019, pp. 602-606.

Fellowships and Grants

  1. Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship Awardee 2013
  2. Hellman Fellowship Awardee 2012