The Ethics of War: Essays by Saba BazarganThe Ethics of War: Essays by Saba Bazargan

The Ethics of War: Essays

EditorSaba Bazargan, Samuel C. Rickless

Hardcover | January 31, 2017

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Just War theory - as it was developed by the Catholic theologians of medieval Europe and the jurists of the Renaissance - is a framework for the moral and legal evaluation of armed conflicts. To this day, Just War theory informs the judgments of ethicists, government officials, internationallawyers, religious scholars, news coverage, and perhaps most importantly, the public as a whole. The influence of Just War theory is as vast as it is subtle - we have been socialized into evaluating wars largely according to the principles of this medieval theory, which, according to the eminentphilosopher David Rodin, is "one of the few basic fixtures of medieval philosophy to remain substantially unchallenged in the modern world".Some of the most basic assumptions of Just War Theory have been dismantled in a barrage of criticism and analysis in the first dozen years of the 21st century. The Ethics of War continues and pushes past this trend. This anthology is an authoritative treatment of the ethics and law of war by boththe eminent scholars who first challenged the orthodoxy of Just War theory, as well as by new thinkers. The twelve original essays span both foundational and topical issues in the ethics of war, including an investigation of: whether there is a "greater-good" obligation that parallels the canonical lesser-evil justification in war; the conditions under which citizens can wage war against their owngovernment; whether there is a limit to the number of combatants on the unjust side who can be permissibly killed; whether the justice of the cause for which combatants fight affects the moral permissibility of fighting; whether duress ever justifies killing in war; the role that collectiveliability plays in the ethics of war; whether targeted killing is morally and legally permissible; the morality of legal prohibitions on the use of indiscriminate weapons; the justification for the legal distinction between directly and indirectly harming civilians; whether human rights of unjustcombatants are more prohibitive than have been thought; the moral repair of combatants suffering from PTSD; and the moral categories and criteria needed to understand the proper justification for ending war.
Bazargan: Assistant Professor; Rickless: Professor; both at Department of Philosophy, University of California San Diego. Samuel C. Rickless earned his B. A. from Harvard in 1986, spent two years on a Marshall Scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford (1986-1988), where he earned a B. Phil., and then earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from UC...
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Title:The Ethics of War: EssaysFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 31, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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