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Romantics at War: Glory and Guilt in the Age of Terrorism

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America is at war with terrorism. Terrorists must be brought to justice.

We hear these phrases together so often that we rarely pause to reflect on the dramatic differences between the demands of war and the demands of justice, differences so deep that the pursuit of one often comes at the expense of the other. In this book, one of the country's most important legal thinkers brings much-needed clarity to the still unfolding debates about how to pursue war and justice in the age of terrorism. George Fletcher also draws on his rare ability to combine insights from history, philosophy, literature, and law to place these debates in a rich cultural context. He seeks to explain why Americans — for so many years cynical about war — have recently found war so appealing. He finds the answer in a revival of Romanticism, a growing desire in the post-Vietnam era to identify with grand causes and to put nations at the center of ideas about glory and guilt.

Fletcher opens with unsettling questions about the nature of terrorism, war, and justice, showing how dangerously slippery the concepts can be. He argues that those sympathetic to war are heirs to the ideals of Byron, Fichte, and other Romantics in their belief that nations — not just individuals — must uphold honor and be held accountable for crimes. Fletcher writes that ideas about collective glory and guilt are far more plausible and widespread than liberal individualists typically recognize. But as he traces the implications of the Romantic mindset for debates about war crimes, treason, military tribunals, and genocide, he also shows that losing oneself in a grand cause can all too easily lead to moral catastrophe.

A work of extraordinary intellectual power and relevance, the book will change how we think not only about world events, but about the conflicting individualist and collective impulses that tear at all of us.

Review:

"George P. Fletcher is convinced that our liberalism ? or, as he sometimes prefers, our "liberal individualism" ? has left us ill-equipped for the task of understanding and waging effectively or justly the war on terrorism. Owing to what he regards as liberalism's impoverished moral and intellectual resources, our efforts to comprehend "American policies in the wake of September 11" and to elaborate a "jurisprudence of war" for a new age are beset by a "conceptual morass." Fletcher's aim is to rescue us from it. By showing the extent of our hitherto unacknowledged dependence on, and the untapped insights and inspiration we have yet to draw from, the Romantic tradition ? the tradition of, among others, Blake and Wordsworth and Keats and Byron in England, and of Herder, the Schlegels, and Fichte in Germany ? Fletcher aims to liberate us from our liberalism." Peter Berkowitz, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

Review:

"This is a first-rate book. Fletcher is doing what he does best — reformulating basic legal problems by putting them in a distinctive philosophical perspective. The book suggests that we are getting beyond the first stage of encounter with September 11 and to a second phase in which we struggle to integrate the tragedy into a deeper understanding of law and morality." Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School

Review:

"Lawyers and foreign policy commentators are unlikely to see themselves as romantics. Contemporary issues of war and peace, terrorism and justice, justification and guilt surely require 'reasoned analysis' rather than the dissection of emotion. But our analysis too often falls short when contending with the potent mix of horror, grief, and patriotism that has fueled the U.S. response to September 11. George Fletcher has done us all a service, drawing out the contradictions between the dignity of individuals and the honor of nations in ways that cannot even be fully grasped without appreciating the intertwining of Enlightenment rationalism and nineteenth-century romanticism. Romantics at War should be read by all self-professed rationalists, as both intellectual inquiry and self-examination." Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University

Review:

"George Fletcher has written a deep and engaging meditation on a simple fact: that we live in political collectives and rarely act with full autonomy. With a lawyer's gift for expounding his cases, he gives us a wonderfully unlawyerly account, a philosophical investigation, of individual agency, responsibility, and guilt." Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

Synopsis:

"This is a first-rate book. Fletcher is doing what he does best--reformulating basic legal problems by putting them in a distinctive philosophical perspective. The book suggests that we are getting beyond the first stage of encounter with September 11 and to a second phase in which we struggle to integrate the tragedy into a deeper understanding of law and morality."--Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School

"Lawyers and foreign policy commentators are unlikely to see themselves as romantics. Contemporary issues of war and peace, terrorism and justice, justification and guilt surely require 'reasoned analysis' rather than the dissection of emotion. But our analysis too often falls short when contending with the potent mix of horror, grief, and patriotism that has fueled the U.S. response to September 11. George Fletcher has done us all a service, drawing out the contradictions between the dignity of individuals and the honor of nations in ways that cannot even be fully grasped without appreciating the intertwining of Enlightenment rationalism and nineteenth-century romanticism. Romantics at War should be read by all self-professed rationalists, as both intellectual inquiry and self-examination."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University

"George Fletcher has written a deep and engaging meditation on a simple fact: that we live in political collectives and rarely act with full autonomy. With a lawyer's gift for expounding his cases, he gives us a wonderfully unlawyerly account, a philosophical investigation, of individual agency, responsibility, and guilt."--Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

Synopsis:

America is at war with terrorism. Terrorists must be brought to justice.

We hear these phrases together so often that we rarely pause to reflect on the dramatic differences between the demands of war and the demands of justice, differences so deep that the pursuit of one often comes at the expense of the other. In this book, one of the country's most important legal thinkers brings much-needed clarity to the still unfolding debates about how to pursue war and justice in the age of terrorism. George Fletcher also draws on his rare ability to combine insights from history, philosophy, literature, and law to place these debates in a rich cultural context. He seeks to explain why Americans--for so many years cynical about war--have recently found war so appealing. He finds the answer in a revival of Romanticism, a growing desire in the post-Vietnam era to identify with grand causes and to put nations at the center of ideas about glory and guilt.

Fletcher opens with unsettling questions about the nature of terrorism, war, and justice, showing how dangerously slippery the concepts can be. He argues that those sympathetic to war are heirs to the ideals of Byron, Fichte, and other Romantics in their belief that nations--not just individuals--must uphold honor and be held accountable for crimes. Fletcher writes that ideas about collective glory and guilt are far more plausible and widespread than liberal individualists typically recognize. But as he traces the implications of the Romantic mindset for debates about war crimes, treason, military tribunals, and genocide, he also shows that losing oneself in a grand cause can all too easily lead to moral catastrophe.

A work of extraordinary intellectual power and relevance, the book will change how we think not only about world events, but about the conflicting individualist and collective impulses that tear at all of us.

About the Author

George P. Fletcher is Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University. His books include Loyalty: An Essay on the Morality of Relationships, Our Secret Constitution: How Lincoln Redefined American Democracy, With Justice for Some: Victims' Rights in Criminal Trials, and A Crime of Self-Defense: Bernhard Goetz and the Law on Trial. He is a frequent commentator in the media on legal affairs.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

CHAPTER ONE: War's Appeal 1

CHAPTER TWO: Irreconcilable Conflicts 26

CHAPTER THREE: Collective Crime 44

CHAPTER FOUR: The Guilt of Nations 71

CHAPTER FIVE: Individuals at War 92

CHAPTER SIX: Guilty Relations 117

CHAPTER SEVEN: Romantic Perversions 139

CHAPTER EIGHT: Distributing Guilt 157

CHAPTER NINE: Shadows of the Past 179

CHAPTER TEN: Living with Guilt 196

Notes 215

Index 241

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691006512
Author:
Fletcher, George P.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
War
Subject:
Romanticism
Subject:
Guilt
Subject:
Justice
Subject:
War and society
Subject:
Just war doctrine
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Jurisprudence
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
September 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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"Review" by , "George P. Fletcher is convinced that our liberalism ? or, as he sometimes prefers, our "liberal individualism" ? has left us ill-equipped for the task of understanding and waging effectively or justly the war on terrorism. Owing to what he regards as liberalism's impoverished moral and intellectual resources, our efforts to comprehend "American policies in the wake of September 11" and to elaborate a "jurisprudence of war" for a new age are beset by a "conceptual morass." Fletcher's aim is to rescue us from it. By showing the extent of our hitherto unacknowledged dependence on, and the untapped insights and inspiration we have yet to draw from, the Romantic tradition ? the tradition of, among others, Blake and Wordsworth and Keats and Byron in England, and of Herder, the Schlegels, and Fichte in Germany ? Fletcher aims to liberate us from our liberalism." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "This is a first-rate book. Fletcher is doing what he does best — reformulating basic legal problems by putting them in a distinctive philosophical perspective. The book suggests that we are getting beyond the first stage of encounter with September 11 and to a second phase in which we struggle to integrate the tragedy into a deeper understanding of law and morality."
"Review" by , "Lawyers and foreign policy commentators are unlikely to see themselves as romantics. Contemporary issues of war and peace, terrorism and justice, justification and guilt surely require 'reasoned analysis' rather than the dissection of emotion. But our analysis too often falls short when contending with the potent mix of horror, grief, and patriotism that has fueled the U.S. response to September 11. George Fletcher has done us all a service, drawing out the contradictions between the dignity of individuals and the honor of nations in ways that cannot even be fully grasped without appreciating the intertwining of Enlightenment rationalism and nineteenth-century romanticism. Romantics at War should be read by all self-professed rationalists, as both intellectual inquiry and self-examination."
"Review" by , "George Fletcher has written a deep and engaging meditation on a simple fact: that we live in political collectives and rarely act with full autonomy. With a lawyer's gift for expounding his cases, he gives us a wonderfully unlawyerly account, a philosophical investigation, of individual agency, responsibility, and guilt."
"Synopsis" by ,

"This is a first-rate book. Fletcher is doing what he does best--reformulating basic legal problems by putting them in a distinctive philosophical perspective. The book suggests that we are getting beyond the first stage of encounter with September 11 and to a second phase in which we struggle to integrate the tragedy into a deeper understanding of law and morality."--Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School

"Lawyers and foreign policy commentators are unlikely to see themselves as romantics. Contemporary issues of war and peace, terrorism and justice, justification and guilt surely require 'reasoned analysis' rather than the dissection of emotion. But our analysis too often falls short when contending with the potent mix of horror, grief, and patriotism that has fueled the U.S. response to September 11. George Fletcher has done us all a service, drawing out the contradictions between the dignity of individuals and the honor of nations in ways that cannot even be fully grasped without appreciating the intertwining of Enlightenment rationalism and nineteenth-century romanticism. Romantics at War should be read by all self-professed rationalists, as both intellectual inquiry and self-examination."--Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University

"George Fletcher has written a deep and engaging meditation on a simple fact: that we live in political collectives and rarely act with full autonomy. With a lawyer's gift for expounding his cases, he gives us a wonderfully unlawyerly account, a philosophical investigation, of individual agency, responsibility, and guilt."--Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study

"Synopsis" by ,

America is at war with terrorism. Terrorists must be brought to justice.

We hear these phrases together so often that we rarely pause to reflect on the dramatic differences between the demands of war and the demands of justice, differences so deep that the pursuit of one often comes at the expense of the other. In this book, one of the country's most important legal thinkers brings much-needed clarity to the still unfolding debates about how to pursue war and justice in the age of terrorism. George Fletcher also draws on his rare ability to combine insights from history, philosophy, literature, and law to place these debates in a rich cultural context. He seeks to explain why Americans--for so many years cynical about war--have recently found war so appealing. He finds the answer in a revival of Romanticism, a growing desire in the post-Vietnam era to identify with grand causes and to put nations at the center of ideas about glory and guilt.

Fletcher opens with unsettling questions about the nature of terrorism, war, and justice, showing how dangerously slippery the concepts can be. He argues that those sympathetic to war are heirs to the ideals of Byron, Fichte, and other Romantics in their belief that nations--not just individuals--must uphold honor and be held accountable for crimes. Fletcher writes that ideas about collective glory and guilt are far more plausible and widespread than liberal individualists typically recognize. But as he traces the implications of the Romantic mindset for debates about war crimes, treason, military tribunals, and genocide, he also shows that losing oneself in a grand cause can all too easily lead to moral catastrophe.

A work of extraordinary intellectual power and relevance, the book will change how we think not only about world events, but about the conflicting individualist and collective impulses that tear at all of us.

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