The Ethics of Preventive War

The Ethics of Preventive War

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In this book, eleven leading theorists debate the normative challenges of preventive war through the lens of important public and political issues of war and peace in the twenty-first century. Their discussion covers complex and topical subjects including terrorism, the 'Bush doctrine' and the invasion of Iraq, Iran's nuclear capabilities, superpower unilateralism and international war tribunals. They examine the moral conundrum of preventive intervention and emphasize the need for a stronger and more effective international legal and political order and a corresponding re-evaluation of the normative status of international law. Together their essays form a challenging and timely volume that will be of interest to scholars in ethics and political philosophy, political theory, international relations, international law and peace studies and to general readers interested in the broader issues of peace and justice in the new world more

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'A stellar cast of leading scholars address one of the great moral issues of our time. Deen Chatterjee does a superb job in structuring the dialectic between law, philosophy and politics, between critical and exploratory voices, and between war and its alternatives. Highly recommended.' David Rodin, Oxford University 'This excellent book is the best introduction available to the problem of prevention and pre-emptive war in terms of ethics and international law.' Survival: Global Politics and Strategy '... offers insights into the 'moral, legal, and practical viability of preventative war for self-defense and security' ... It is broadly accessible (even the philosophical treatments); is balanced in presenting multiple perspectives; and, unique to many discussions of preventative war, it offers some alternatives and brings humanitarian intervention into the discussion ... General readers; upper-division undergraduate students and above.' P. F. Diehl, Choiceshow more

About Deen K. Chatterjee

Deen K. Chatterjee is the Senior Advisor and Professorial Fellow of Justice and Global Initiative in the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and the editor-in-chief of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Global Justice and the series editor of Studies in Global Justice. His publications include Democracy in a Global World: Human Rights and Political Participation in the 21st Century (2007), Ethics of Assistance: Morality and the Distant Needy (2004) and, with Don E. Scheid, Ethics and Foreign Intervention (2003).show more

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1. Introduction; Part I. Conceptual, Normative, and Methodological Terrains: 2. Prevention, pre-emption and other conundrums Jean Bethke Elshtain; 3. After Caroline: NSS 2002, practical judgement and the politics and ethics of pre-emption Chris Brown; 4. The case for preventive war George Lucas, Jr; Part II. International Law: 5. Does international law make a moral difference?: the case of preventive war Michael Blake; 6. Threat diplomacy in world politics: legal, moral, political, and civilizational challenges Richard Falk; 7. Preventive war and trials of aggression Larry May; Part III. Critiques of Preventive War: 8. The conditions of liability to preventive attack Jeff McMahan; 9. Are preventive wars always wrong? Stephen Nathanson; 10. Ethics and legality: US prevention in Iran Alex Newton; Part IV. Beyond Preventive War: Exploring Other Options: 11. Preventive violence: terrorism and humanitarian intervention Tony Coady; 12. Enough about just war, what about just peace?: The doctrine of preventive non-intervention Deen more

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