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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 individual accountability for cooperatively committed wrongs. I have recently published a book on that topic, entitled 'Authority, Cooperation, and Accountability'. I also work on war ethics, as well as on a variety of other issues, including: the moral analysis of coercion, the grounds for associative duties, and the morality of benefitting from injustice. My paper ‘Moral Coercion’ was featured in the Philosopher’s Annual Top Ten. Publications and preprints can be accessed below. 

A link to an interview of me on the New Books podcast featuring 'Authority, Cooperation and Accountability' can be found here

Authored Books

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Authority, Cooperation, and Accountability. Oxford University Press, 2022.

Journal & Chapter Publications

  1. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “The Moral Relevance of Intentions in Shared Action”, In Collective Responsibility - Perspectives on Political Philosophy from Social Ontology, Eds. Säde Hormio, Bill Wringe. Springer, 2023.
  2. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. "Ulterior Motives and Moral Injury in War", In Moral Injury in the Humanities, Eds. Andrew I. Cohen, Kathryn McClymond. Routledge, 2023.
  3. 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.
  4. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Vesting Agent-Relative Permissions in a Proxy”, Law and Philosophy, 37(6), 2018, pp. 671-695.
  5. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “The Identity-Enactment Account of Associative Duties”, Philosophical Studies, 176, 2018, pp. 2351–2370.
  6. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Complicity”. In Routledge Handbook on Collective Intentionality, Eds. Marija Jankovic, Kirk Ludwig. Routledge University Press, 2017.
  7. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Weighing Civilian Lives in War: Domestic Versus Foreign”. In Cambridge Handbook on Just War, Ed. Larry May. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. “Accountability and Intervening Agency: An Asymmetry between Upstream and Downstream Actors”, Utilitas, 2017.
  12. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Wars and the Reprisal Dilemma”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 93(3), 2014, pp. 583-601.
  13. 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.
  14. Bazargan, Saba. “Defensive Liability Without Culpability”. In The Ethics of Self-Defense, Eds. Christian Coons, Michael E. Weber. Oxford University Press, 2016.
  15. Bazargan, Saba. “Killing Minimally Responsible Threats”, Ethics, Volume 125, Issue 1, 2014, pp. 114-136.
  16. Bazargan, Saba. “Moral Coercion”, Philosophers’ Imprint, Volume 14, Issue 11, 2014, pp. 1-18. [Winner of Philosopher's Annual in 2014]
  17. Bazargan, Saba. "Morally Heterogeneous Wars", Philosophia: Philosophy Quarterly of Israel, Volume 41, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 959-975.
  18. Bazargan, Saba. “Proportionality, Territorial Occupation, and Enabled Terrorism”, Law and Philosophy, Volume 32, Issue 4, 2013, pp. 435-457.
  19. Bazargan, Saba. “Complicitous Liability in War”, Philosophical Studies, Volume 165, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 177-195.
  20. Bazargan, Saba. “Varieties of Contingent Pacifism.” In How We Fight, Eds. Helen Frowe; Gerald Lang. Oxford University Press, 2015.
  21. 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 Organizations as Wrongdoers: From Ontology to Morality. Stephanie Collins, in Mind (forthcoming).
  2. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of Spying Through a Glass Darkly: The Ethics of Espionage and Counter-Intelligence. Cécile Fabre, in Ethics 133(2).
  3. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of Military Medical Ethics in Contemporary Armed Conflict: Mobilizing Medicine in the Pursuit of Just War. Michael L. Gross, in Bioethics, 6(6), 2022, pp. 731-732.
  4. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of To Do, To Die, to Reason Why. Victor Tadros, in Ethics, 131(4), 2021, pp. 799-808.
  5. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of War by Agreement. Yitzhak Benbaji and Daniel Statman, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, June 28, 2020.
  6. Bazargan-Forward, Saba. Review of Terrorism and the Right to Resist. Christopher Finlay, in Ethics, 127(2), 2017, 481-6. 
  7. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Defensive Killing. Helen Frowe, in Australasian Journal of Philosophy, (forthcoming).
  8. 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.
  9. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Cosmopolitan War. Cecile Fabre, in Mind, Volume 123, Issue 490, 2014, pp. 588-592.
  10. Bazargan, Saba. Review of War and Moral Dissonance. Peter French, in Journal of Moral Philosophy, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 116-119.
  11. Bazargan, Saba. Review of Morality and War. David Fisher, in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, November 9th, 2011.
  12. 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, 2009, 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 

  • [see CV]