Justifying the Obligation to Die

Justifying the Obligation to Die : War, Ethics, and Political Obligation with Illustrations from Zionism

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Justifying the Obligation to Die provides a critical survey covering classical, medieval, and modern political thinking on how the state or sovereign may justifiably oblige members of the community to risk their lives on its behalf by being sent into war, and it uses Zionism to illustrate how this obligation has been argued in practice. The author then turns to the political thought of Hannah Arendt in order to argue how the obligation could become justifiable.show more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0739129732
  • 9780739129739

About Ilan Zvi Baron

Ilan Zvi Baron has been a Research Fellow at the Institut Barcelona D' Estudis Internacionals and is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics. He has recently been appointed to a Lectureship in International Political Theory at Durham University.show more

Review quote

This book breathes new life into an old but, today, largely forgotten question-is there an obligation to die or risk one's life for the state in war? Ranging widely over western sources, and innovatively reading Zionism as political philosophy, Ilan Zvi Baron has fashioned a humane and sophisticated account of the kind of politics and polity worth dying for. -- Geoffrey Brahm Levey, University of New South Wales Baron's careful exploration of various justifications for the obligation to die for the state-an issue which, he rightly notes, is oddly overlooked in the recent literature-is timely, interesting, and thought-provoking. -- Cecile Fabre, University of Edinburghshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction 2 "If only I could die for him..." 3 Us Fight? But We're Jewish! 4 Argument Structure Chapter 5 Chapter 1. Just War and Obligation 6 An Introduction to Political Obligation and Just War 7 Forgetting about Obligation 8 Conclusion Chapter 9 Chapter 2. The Jewish Question and Zionism 10 Introduction 11 Material and Ideational Origins 12 Zionisms, Obligation, Redemption 13 Conclusion Chapter 14 Chapter 3. Aristotle, War, the Good Life, and Zionism 15 Introduction 16 Aristotle and the Just War Tradition 17 Aristotle and the Justice of War 18 The Subject in a Normative Space 19 From Ancient Greek Thought to Modern Zionism 20 Zionism as the Political Realm: A Jewish Political Theory 21 A Zionist Obligation to Die 22 Conclusion Chapter 23 Chapter 4. For the State 24 Introduction 25 The Common Good: Thomas Aquinas 26 The Common Life: GWF Hegel 27 An Obligation to Die for the Community 28 Nation, Freedom, Spirit, and Obligation 29 Conclusion Chapter 30 Chapter 5. Salvation 31 Introduction 32 Saint Augustine 33 Thomas Aquinas and the Religious Argument 34 Religious Zionism: An Obligation to Die for the Future 35 Religious Zionism and Militarism 36 Religion, Land, and Being Obliged to Die 37 The Problems of Messianic Territorial Politics 38 Conclusion Chapter 39 Chapter 6. Wishful Thinking: Consent, Contract, and the Obligation to Die 40 Introduction 41 Thomas Hobbes 42 Jean-Jacques Rousseau 43 Immanuel Kant 44 Michael Walzer 45 Consent and Choice 46 The Jewish Experience of the Human/Citizen Dichotomy 47 Conclusion Chapter 48 Chapter 7. Justifying the Obligation to Die 49 Introduction 50 The Death of Socrates 51 Politics and Plurality 52 Arendt and the Obligation to Die 53 Political Alternatives in Zionism 54 The Problem of Violence 55 Conclusion Chapter 56 Conclusion: The Obligation to Die 57 Judging the Obligation to Die 58 Politics, Morality, the Obligation to Die, and Zionism 59 The State and the Obligation to Dieshow more