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The Ethics of War and Peace

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A superb introduction to the ethical aspects of war and peace, this collection of tightly integrated essays explores the reasons for waging war and for fighting with restraint as formulated in a diversity of ethical traditions, religious and secular. Beginning with the classic debate between political realism and natural law, this book seeks to expand the conversation by bringing in the voices of Judaism, Islam, Christian pacifism, and contemporary feminism. In so doing, it addresses a set of questions: How do the adherents to each viewpoint understand the ideas of war and peace? What attitudes toward war and peace are reflected in these understandings? What grounds for war, if any, are recognized within each perspective? What constraints apply to the conduct of war? Can these constraints be set aside in situations of extremity? Each contributor responds to this set of questions on behalf of the ethical perspective he or she is presenting. The concluding chapters compare and contrast the perspectives presented without seeking to adjudicate their differences. Because of its inclusive, objective, comparative, and dialogic approach, the book serves as a valuable resource for scholars, journalists, policymakers, and anyone else who wants to acquire a better understanding of the range of moral viewpoints that shape current discussion of war and peace. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Joseph Boyle, Michael G. Cartwright, Jean Bethke Elshtain, John Finnis, Sohail H. Hashmi, Theodore J. Koontz, David R. Mapel, Jeff McMahan, Richard B. Miller, Aviezer Ravitzky, Bassam Tibi, Sarah Tobias, and Michael Walzer.

Synopsis:

A superb introduction to the ethical aspects of war and peace, this collection of tightly integrated essays explores the reasons for waging war and for fighting with restraint as formulated in a diversity of ethical traditions, religious and secular. Beginning with the classic debate between political realism and natural law, this book seeks to expand the conversation by bringing in the voices of Judaism, Islam, Christian pacifism, and contemporary feminism. In so doing, it addresses a set of questions: How do the adherents to each viewpoint understand the ideas of war and peace? What attitudes toward war and peace are reflected in these understandings? What grounds for war, if any, are recognized within each perspective? What constraints apply to the conduct of war? Can these constraints be set aside in situations of extremity? Each contributor responds to this set of questions on behalf of the ethical perspective he or she is presenting. The concluding chapters compare and contrast the perspectives presented without seeking to adjudicate their differences. Because of its inclusive, objective, comparative, and dialogic approach, the book serves as a valuable resource for scholars, journalists, policymakers, and anyone else who wants to acquire a better understanding of the range of moral viewpoints that shape current discussion of war and peace. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Joseph Boyle, Michael G. Cartwright, Jean Bethke Elshtain, John Finnis, Sohail H. Hashmi, Theodore J. Koontz, David R. Mapel, Jeff McMahan, Richard B. Miller, Aviezer Ravitzky, Bassam Tibi, Sarah Tobias, and Michael Walzer.

Table of Contents

Preface
Contributors
Introduction3
Ch. 1The Ethics of War and Peace in the Catholic Natural Law Tradition15
Ch. 2Just War Thinking in Catholic Natural Law40
Ch. 3Realism and the Ethics of War and Peace54
Ch. 4Realism, Morality, and War78
Ch. 5War and Peace in the Jewish Tradition95
Ch. 6Prohibited Wars in the Jewish Tradition115
Ch. 7War and Peace in Islam128
Ch. 8Interpreting the Islamic Ethics of War and Peace146
Ch. 9Christian Nonviolence: An Interpretation169
Ch. 10Conflicting Interpretations of Christian Pacifism197
Ch. 11Is There a Feminist Tradition on War and Peace?214
Ch. 12Toward a Feminist Ethic of War and Peace228
Ch. 13The Comparative Ethics of War and Peace245
Ch. 14Divine Justice, Evil, and Tradition: Comparative Reflections265
Index283

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691058405
Editor:
Nardin, Terry
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Nardin, Terry
Author:
Ethikon Institute
Author:
Nardin, Terry
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
War
Subject:
Just war doctrine
Subject:
War (international law)
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Political philosophy
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Peace
Subject:
Peace -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
War -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
Philo
Subject:
sophy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15 oz

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"Synopsis" by , A superb introduction to the ethical aspects of war and peace, this collection of tightly integrated essays explores the reasons for waging war and for fighting with restraint as formulated in a diversity of ethical traditions, religious and secular. Beginning with the classic debate between political realism and natural law, this book seeks to expand the conversation by bringing in the voices of Judaism, Islam, Christian pacifism, and contemporary feminism. In so doing, it addresses a set of questions: How do the adherents to each viewpoint understand the ideas of war and peace? What attitudes toward war and peace are reflected in these understandings? What grounds for war, if any, are recognized within each perspective? What constraints apply to the conduct of war? Can these constraints be set aside in situations of extremity? Each contributor responds to this set of questions on behalf of the ethical perspective he or she is presenting. The concluding chapters compare and contrast the perspectives presented without seeking to adjudicate their differences. Because of its inclusive, objective, comparative, and dialogic approach, the book serves as a valuable resource for scholars, journalists, policymakers, and anyone else who wants to acquire a better understanding of the range of moral viewpoints that shape current discussion of war and peace. In addition to the editor, the contributors are Joseph Boyle, Michael G. Cartwright, Jean Bethke Elshtain, John Finnis, Sohail H. Hashmi, Theodore J. Koontz, David R. Mapel, Jeff McMahan, Richard B. Miller, Aviezer Ravitzky, Bassam Tibi, Sarah Tobias, and Michael Walzer.
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