Moral Constraints on War

Moral Constraints on War : Principles and Cases

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This second edition of Moral Constraints on War offers a principle-by-principle presentation of the trans-cultural roots of the ethics of war in an age defined by the increasingly international nature of military intervention. Parts one and two trace the evolution of Just War Theory, analyzing the principles of jus ad bellum and jus in bello: the principles that determine under what conditions a war may be started and then conducted. Each chapter provides a historical background of the principle under discussion, an explanation of the principle, and numerous historical examples of its application. In Part three, case studies apply the theories discussed to NATO's humanitarian mission in Kosovo, terrorism and the Iraq War. Bringing together an international coterie of philosophers and political scientists, this accessible and practical guide offers students of military ethics and international relations rich, up-to-the-minute insight into the pluralistic character of Just War more

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  • Electronic book text | 344 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0739129910
  • 9780739129913
  • 2,185,336

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This excellent book on war and ethics focuses in particular on just war theory, but it also examines in some detail realism, militarism and pacifism..... The book will be of special interest to anyone working in the field of military ethics, and it will also be valuable to others with an interest in moral issues in the context of war..... The book is a very good demonstration of just-war theory's current relevance and importance..... For a reader who is looking for an interesting, concise, and well-organized book on the just war criteria, utilizing contemporary examples to demonstrate how they work, this volume is a must-read..... There is extensive literature that deals with threat perceptions in the United States, China, the European Union, and Russia. This book is unique in that it brings [to the debate] the application of transcultural ethical principles to the question of war.....--Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Centershow more

About Bruno Coppieters

Nick Fotion is professor of philosophy at Emory University. Bruno Coppieters is professor of political science at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in more

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