The Ethics of War and Peace

The Ethics of War and Peace : An Introduction to Legal and Moral Issues

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For Philosophy courses in applied ethics, just war theory, and international law.Classic introduction to the ethics of war and peace, exploring legal and moral issues of use of force. Used at U.S. military academies, this book focuses on two fundamental moral principles: 1) human beings should not intentionally harm other human beings and 2) human beings may sometimes resort to violence to keep themselves and/or others from harm.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • 0130923834
  • 9780130923837

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Paul Christopher, a teacher who also served as a commissioned officer for over twenty-five years, has updated his classic, The Ethics of War and Peace. Christopher traces the historical development of just war reasoning, its incorporation into international laws concerning when and how to wage war, and certain shortcomings with existing laws and practices concerning the conduct of modern-day hostilities.

New to this Edition: New chapter on terrorism and war. Revised section on the Just War Tradition and weapons of mass destruction to reflect changes in technology. New section on professional and humanitarian obligations, with special focus on the role of the United Nations.
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Table of contents

Introduction. I. THE JUST WAR TRADITION. 1. The Just War in Antiquity. 2. Christianity and the Just War. 3. Saint Augustine and the Tradition of Just War. 4. Secularization of the Just War Tradition. II. THE LEGAL POSITION OF WAR. 5. Hugo Grotius: Father of International Law. 6. Hugo Grotius and the Just War. 7. Problems for International Law. III. MORAL ISSUES IN WAR. 8. The Responsibility for War Crimes. 9. Military Necessity. 10. Reprisals. 11. Terrorism and War. 12. The Just War and Weapons of Mass Destruction. IV. PROFESSIONAL AND HUMANITARIAN OBLIGATIONS. 13. The Military as a Profession. 14. Unjust Wars and Professional Responsibility. 15. The Role of the United Nations. Glossary. Selected Bibliography. Index.
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"This is a very good and useful book for both undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with just war and the ethics of war. It is attractive because it is brief ...but contains a high concentration of substance and encourages class discussions and further explorations in the field." - Fariborz L. Mokhtari, Norwich University"Soldier-scholar Paul Christopher contributes a significant book, applying philosophical insight to military practice, which resonates meaningfully against the din of the usual pabulum on the subject. An ideal textbook, it's important to the citizen but indispensable to the soldier." - LTC (Ret.) Tim Challans, Associate Professor, Combat Studies Institute, USACGSC"This text is energetically evaluative ...urging students to tackle real and serious war/peace implications of law and morality." - Louis R. Beres, Purdue University"I especially appreciate Christopher's historical discussion of the origins [of the Just War tradition in the classical era and the linkage he makes between just war and the development of international law." - Wayne S. Osborn, Iowa State University
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