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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 individual accountability for cooperatively committed harms. I also work on a variety of other issues in normative ethics, including: the moral analysis of coercion, the grounds for associative duties, and the morality of benefitting from injustice. Publications and preprints can be accessed below.

Authored Books

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Authority, Cooperation, and AccountabilityOxford University Press, [forthcoming]

Publications and Pre-Prints

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Grounding the Beneficiary Pays Principle”, In Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Vol. 8, Eds. David Sobel, Steven Wall. Oxford University Press, 2021
  2. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Vesting Agent-Relative Permissions in a Proxy”, Law and Philosophy, 37(6), 2018, pp. 671-695.
  3. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “The Identity-Enactment Account of Associative Duties”, Philosophical Studies, 176, 2018, pp. 2351–2370.
  4. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Complicity”. In Routledge Handbook on Collective Intentionality, Eds. Marija Jankovic, Kirk Ludwig. Routledge University Press, 2017.
  5. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Weighing Civilian Lives in War: Domestic Versus Foreign”. In Cambridge Handbook on Just War, Ed. Larry May. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  6. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Standards of Risk in War and Civil Life”. In The Nature of Peace and the Morality of Armed Conflict, Ed. Florian Demont. Palgrave, 2017.
  7. 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, 2017.
  8. 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, 2017.
  9. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Accountability and Intervening Agency: An Asymmetry between Upstream and Downstream Actors”, Utilitas, 2017.
  10. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Wars and the Reprisal Dilemma”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 93(3), 2014, pp. 583-601.
  11. Bazargan, Saba. “Non-Combatant Immunity and War-Profiteering”. In Oxford Handbook on the Ethics of War, Eds. Helen Frowe, Seth Lazar. Oxford University Press, 2017.
  12. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Liability Without Culpability”. In The Ethics of Self-Defense, Eds. Christian Coons, Michael E. Weber. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  13. Bazargan, Saba. “Killing Minimally Responsible Threats”, Ethics, Volume 125, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 114-136.
  14. Bazargan, Saba. “Moral Coercion”, Philosophers’ Imprint, Volume 14, Issue 11, 2014, pp. 1-18. [Winner of Philosopher's Annual in 2014]
  15. Bazargan, Saba. "Morally Heterogeneous Wars", Philosophia: Philosophy Quarterly of Israel, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 959-975.
  16. Bazargan, Saba. “Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism”, Law and Philosophy, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 435-457.
  17. Bazargan, Saba. “Complicitous Liability in War”, Philosophical Studies, Volume 165, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 177-195.
  18. Bazargan, Saba. “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism.” In How We Fight, Eds. Helen Frowe; Gerald Lang. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  19. Bazargan, Saba. “The Permissibility of Aiding and Abetting Unjust Wars”, Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 8, Number 4, 2011, pp. 513-529.

Edited Volumes

  1. The Routledge Handbook of Collective Responsibility. Saba Bazargan-Forward; Deborah Tollefsen. Taylor & Francis, 2020.
  2. Ethics of War. Eds. Saba Bazargan-Forward; Sam Rickless. Oxford University Press, 2017

Book Reviews

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of To Do, To Die, to Reason Why. Victor Tadros, in Ethics, 131(4), 2021, pp. 799-808.
  2. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of War by Agreement. Yitzhak Benbaji and Daniel Statman, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, June 28, 2020.
  3. 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.
  4. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of Terrorism and the Right to Resist. Christopher Finlay, in Ethics, 127(2), 2017, 481-6. 
  5. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Defensive Killing. Helen Frowe, in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, (forthcoming).
  6. 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.
  7. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Cosmopolitan War. Cecile Fabre, in Mind, Volume 123, Issue 490, 2014, pp. 588-592.
  8. Bazargan, Saba. Review of War and Moral Dissonance. Peter French, in Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 116-119.
  9. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Morality and War. David Fisher, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, November 9th, 2011.

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 

  • [see CV]