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. “Killing Minimally Responsible Threats”, Ethics (forthcoming).
  2. Bazargan, Saba. “Moral Coercion”, Philosophers’ Imprint (forthcoming).
  3. Bazargan, Saba. "Morally Heterogeneous Wars", Philosophia: Philosophy Quarterly of Israel, (forthcoming).
  4. Bazargan, Saba. “Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism” Law and Philosophy, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 435-457.
  5. Bazargan, Saba. “Complicitous Liability in War”, Philosophical Studies (forthcoming).
  6. Bazargan, Saba. “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism.” In How We Fight, Eds. Helen Frowe; Gerald Lang. Oxford University Press, (forthcoming).
  7. Bazargan, Saba. “The Permissibility of Aiding and Abetting Unjust Wars”, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 4, 2011, pp. 513-529. 

Work Under Review

  1. “Morality and Intervening Agency”

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

Conference and Symposium Presentations (selected)

2013 “Contingent Pacifism and Just War Theory as Ideal Theory”
   Workshop on New Directions in Pacifism
    Vanderbilt University, TN
          “Agentially Mediated Harms”
   Rocky Mountain Ethics Conference Six
    University of Boulder, Colorado
          “The Doctrine of Double Effect and Moral Puritanism”
   Workshop on the Ends of Harm - Society for Applied Philosophy event
   Rogoznica, Croatia

   “The Liability of Minimally Responsible Threats" 
   Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Policy
   Bowling Green, OH
   “Evaluating Wars with Just and Unjust Arms”
   American Philosophical Assocation, Pacific Division
   San Francisco, CA

2012 “Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism”
   Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference
   University of Oxford, United Kingdom

   “Complicitous Liability in War” (invited presentation)
   International Law and Ethics Conference Series (ILECS)
   University of Belgrade, Serbia

2011 “A Defense of Proportionality-Based Contingent Pacifism”
   Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference
   University of Manchester, United Kingdom

   “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism”
   Society for Exact Philosophy annual conference
   Winnipeg, Canada

2010 “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism”
   Conference on War and Self-Defense
   University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

2009 “On the Permissibility of Participating in Unjust Wars”
   The 12th Southern California Philosophy Conference
   The Claremount Colleges, California

2008 “Just Participation in Unjust Wars”
   Society for Applied Philosophy annual conference
   University of Manchester, United Kingdom