In Defence of War

Paperback | October 29, 2014

byNigel Biggar

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Pacifism is popular. Many hold that war is unnecessary, since peaceful means of resolving conflict are always available, if only we had the will to look for them. Or they believe that war is wicked, essentially involving hatred of the enemy and carelessness of human life. Or they posit theabsolute right of innocent individuals not to be deliberately killed, making it impossible to justify war in practice. Peace, however, is not simple. Peace for some can leave others at peace to perpetrate mass atrocity. What was peace for the West in 1994 was not peace for the Tutsis of Rwanda. Therefore, against the virus of wishful thinking, anti-military caricature, and the domination of moral deliberation byrights-talk In Defence of War asserts that belligerency can be morally justified, even though tragic and morally flawed.

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Pacifism is popular. Many hold that war is unnecessary, since peaceful means of resolving conflict are always available, if only we had the will to look for them. Or they believe that war is wicked, essentially involving hatred of the enemy and carelessness of human life. Or they posit theabsolute right of innocent individuals not to b...

Nigel Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life, at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. Before taking up his current post in 2007, he held chairs in Theology at the University of Leeds and at Trinity Co...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:374 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198725833

ISBN - 13:9780198725831

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Against the Virus of Wishful Thinking1. Against Christian Pacifism2. Love in War3. The Principle of Double Effect: Can it Survive Combat?4. Proportionality: Lessons from the Somme and the First World War5. Against Legal Positivism and Liberal Individualism6. On Not Always Giving the Devil Benefit of Law: Legality, Morality, and Kosovo7. Constructing Judgement: The Case of IraqConclusionBibliography