Just War Thinking : Morality and Pragmatism in the Struggle against Contemporary Threats
Just War Thinking reconsiders the intersection between morality and pragmatics in foreign policy and modern warfare. The book argues that a political ethic of responsibility should motivate the contemporary application of military force by states in order to protect international security and human life, considering the challenges posed by today's new wars: targeted killing, humanitarian intervention, terrorism, jus post bellum, and the influences of public opinion and supranational institutions.
- Paperback | 142 pages
- 152 x 226 x 12mm | 222.26g
- 16 Aug 2009
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
About Eric Patterson
Eric Patterson is assistant director of the Berkley Center for Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown University.
His familiarity with the body of just war literature and his unconventional approach to the question make his contribution worthy of critical engagement. Recommended. CHOICE Eric Patterson's small and eminently readable volume can easily serve as a digestible short introduction to the history and major components of the Just War tradition. His approach is especially helpful as a result of his concern with the changing nature of conflict in the contemporary environment. Parameters Eric Patterson succeeds in rescuing discussion about the justice of war from stale questions and arcane philosophy and brings analysis square into the most relevant debates of the age-humanitarian intervention, the war on terrorism, and justice after war's end. Ironically, he does so by returning to the very historical foundations of the just war tradition. And he does so with rhetorical force, conceptual clarity, and refreshing directness. -- Daniel Philpott, University of Notre Dame
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Old Wars vs. New Wars: The Challenges of the 21st Century Chapter 3 Chapter 2. The Triumphs and Failings of Just War Thinking Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Political Responsibility and the Decision to go to War (jus ad bellum) Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Fighting to Win: The Nexus of Morality and Practicality (jus in bello) Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Finishing Well: Security and Punishment at War's End (jus post bellum) Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Public Opinion, Postmodernism, and Supranational Governance: Challenges for New Thinking on Just War