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Nuclear Weapons

  1. Steven P. Lee

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee194

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Lee, S. P. 2013. Nuclear Weapons. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Nuclear weapons are the most destructive military technology ever developed. The original atomic bomb of 1945 was about a thousand times as powerful as the largest existing conventional weapon, and the hydrogen or thermonuclear bomb, developed eight years later, was about a thousand times more powerful than the 1945 bomb (see Weapons Research and Development). Within the short space of less than ten years, the amount of destructive power in human hands increased a million-fold, an augmentation by six orders of magnitude.


  • ethics;
  • philosophy;
  • practical (applied) ethics;
  • war and conflict