War and Self-Defense

Paperback | January 27, 2005

byDavid Rodin

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When is it right to go to war? The most persuasive answer to this question has always been 'in self-defense'. In a penetrating new analysis, bringing together moral philosophy, political science, and law, David Rodin shows what's wrong with this answer. He proposes a comprehensive new theoryof the right of self-defense which resolves many of the perplexing questions that have dogged both jurists and moral philosophers. By applying the theory of self-defense to international relations, Rodin produces a far-reaching critique of the canonical Just War theory. The simple analogy betweenself-defense and national defense - between the individual and the state - needs to be fundamentally rethought, and with it many of the basic elements of international law and the ethics of international relations.

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When is it right to go to war? The most persuasive answer to this question has always been 'in self-defense'. In a penetrating new analysis, bringing together moral philosophy, political science, and law, David Rodin shows what's wrong with this answer. He proposes a comprehensive new theoryof the right of self-defense which resolves m...

David Rodin is a Director of Research, Centre for Applied Ethics, Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:January 27, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI. Self-Defense1. Rights2. A Model of Defensive Rights3. Consequences and Forced Choice4. Grounding Self-Defense in RightsII. National Defense5. International Law6. Defense of Persons7. The Common Life8. War, Responsibility and Law Enforcement9. Conclusion: Morality and RealismBibliography

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`David Rodin argues brilliantly... [in] this important and imaginative study ... Rodin's elegant trashing of the just-war tradition will provoke a wide riposte.'Paul Cornish, Times Higher Education Supplement