Saba Bazargan

Saba Bazargan-Forward

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

Curriculum vitae [pdf]


I work primarily in normative ethics, with a focus on the morality of defensive violence, the morality of war, and complicity. I also work on a variety of other issues in normative ethics, including: the moral analysis of coercion, the bases of rectificatory liability, the grounds for associative duties, and the morality of mediating agency. I am currently authoring a book on complicity and the morality of war. Publications and preprints can be accessed below.

Publications and Pre-Prints

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Complicity.” In Routledge Handbook on Collective Intentionality, Eds. Marija Jankovic, Kirk Ludwig. Routledge University Press, (forthcoming).
  2. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Weighing Civilian Lives in War: Domestic Versus Foreign.” In Cambridge Handbook on Just War, Ed. Larry May. Cambridge University Press, (forthcoming).
  3. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Proportionality, Contingent Pacifism, and Risk in War.” In The Nature of Peace and the Morality of Armed Conflict, Ed. Florian Demont. Palgrave, (forthcoming).
  4. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Compensation and Proportionality in War.” In The  Weighing of Lives in War: Combatants and Civilians in the Jus in Bello, Eds., Claire Finkelstein, Larry May, Jens David Ohlin. Oxford University Press, (forthcoming).
  5. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Dignity, Self-Respect, and Bloodless Invasions.” In Who Should Die? The Ethics of Killing in War, Eds., Ryan Jenkins, Bradley Strawser. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  6. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Accountability and Intervening Agency: An Asymmetry between Upstream and Downstream Actors”, Utilitas, (forthcoming).
  7. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Wars and the Reprisal Dilemma”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 93(3), 2014, pp. 583-601.
  8. 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).
  9. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Liability Without Culpability.” In The Ethics of Self-Defense, Eds. Christian Coons, Michael E. Weber. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  10. Bazargan, Saba. “Killing Minimally Responsible Threats”, Ethics, Volume 125, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 114-136.
  11. Bazargan, Saba. “Moral Coercion”, Philosophers’ Imprint, Volume 14, Issue 11, 2014, pp. 1-18.
  12. Bazargan, Saba. "Morally Heterogeneous Wars", Philosophia: Philosophy Quarterly of Israel, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 959-975.
  13. Bazargan, Saba. “Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism”, Law and Philosophy, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 435-457.
  14. Bazargan, Saba. “Complicitous Liability in War”, Philosophical Studies, Volume 165, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 177-195.
  15. Bazargan, Saba. “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism.” In How We Fight, Eds. Helen Frowe; Gerald Lang. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  16. Bazargan, Saba. “The Permissibility of Aiding and Abetting Unjust Wars”, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 4, 2011, pp. 513-529.

Editted Volumes

  1. Ethics of War. Eds. Saba Bazargan-Forward; Sam Rickless. Oxford University Press, 2017

Book Reviews

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of Terrorism and the Right to Resist. Christopher Finlay, in Ethics, 127(2), 2017, 481-6. 
  2. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Defensive Killing. Helen Frowe, in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, (forthcoming).
  3. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars. Neta C. Crawford, in Ethics and International Affairs, Volume 29, Issue 1, 2015, pp. 116-119.
  4. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Cosmopolitan War. Cecile Fabre, in Mind, Volume 123, Issue 490, 2014, pp. 588-592.
  5. Bazargan, Saba. Review of War and Moral Dissonance. Peter French, in Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 116-119.
  6. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Morality and War. David Fisher, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, November 9th, 2011.
  7. 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, Grants, & Awards

  1. Philosopher’s Annual Top Ten Papers of 2014 Awardee (for "Moral Coercion")
  2. Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship Awardee 2013
  3. Hellman Fellowship Awardee 2012

Conferences, Symposia, & Workshops (past five years)

  • "Do I Really Make a Difference? Complicity and Collective Obligation" 
    • Invited Symposium, APA Eastern Division, 2017 
      Baltimore, MD
  • "Responsibility and intervening Agency"
    • Gothenburg Biennial Responsibility Conference, 2016
      Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • "Proportionality, Contingent Pacifism, and Risk in War"
    • Seventh Annual ELAC Workshop on War, 2016
      European University Institute, Florence, Italy 
  • "Outsourcing Agent-Relative Reasons"
    • Bled Philosophical Conference - Ethical Issues, 2016
      Bled, Slovenia
  • "Responsibility as Interbening Agency"
    • APA, Central Division, 2016
      Chicago, IL
  • Political Subjugation, Respect, and Proportionality”
    • The Future of Just War: Theoretical and Practical Challenges, 2015
      Monterey, CA
    • Workshop on Just War Theory (Just World Institute), 2015
      University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • "Responsibility as Outsourced Agency"
    • Collective Responsibility for the Future, 2015
      University College, Dublin
    • Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference, 2015
      University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • "Self-Defense and the Reprisal Dilemma"
    • Workshop of the Ethics of Defensive Violence, 2015
      University of Southern California, CA
  • "Individual Responsibility in Cooperative Projects"
    • Invited Colloquium, 2014
      University of British Columbia, Canada
    • Workshop: Collectivity, 2014
      University of Bristol, United Kingdom
  • "Non-Combatant Immunity and War-Profiteering"
    • 9th Annual Int’l Conference on Philosophy (ATINER), 2014
      Athens, Greece
    • International Society for Military Ethics, 2014
      University of Notre Dame, IN
  • "The Problem of Nominal Combatants"
    • Workshop: Feasibility and the Ethics of War, 2014
      Australia National University, Canberra   
  • "Proportionality and Partially Culpable Combatants"
    • Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, 2014
      Australia National University, Canberra 
    • Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), 2014
      University of Pennsylvania Law School, PA   
  • "Contingent Pacifism and Just War Theory as Ideal Theory"
    • Workshop on New Directions in Pacifism, 2013
      Vanderbilt University, TN
  • "Agentially Mediated Harms"
    • Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress Six, 2013
      University of Boulder, CO
  • "The Doctrine of Double Effect and Moral Puritanism"
    • Workshop on Ends of Harm - Society for Applied Philosophy, 2013
      Rogoznica, Croatia
  • "The Liability of Minimally Responsible Threats"
    • Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Policy, 2013
      Bowling Green, OH
  • "Evaluating Wars with Just and Unjust Aims"
    • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 2013
      San Francisco, CA
  • "Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism"
    • Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference, 2012
      University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • "Complicitous Liability in War"
    • International Law and Ethics Conference Series, 2012
      University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • "A Defense of Proportionality-Based Contingent Pacifism"
    • Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference, 2011
      University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • "Varieties of Contingent Pacifism"
    • Society for Exact Philosophy annual conference, 2011
      Winnipeg, Canada