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War and Ethics: A New Just War Theory (Think Now!)

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<div>The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 prompted unprecedented public interest in the ethics of war, a debate that has raged furiously in the media, in politics and in the public consciousness ever since. In this fascinating and informative book, Nicholas Fotion, an expert on the ethics of military action, explores the notion of developing an ethical theory that guides the behaviour of those who are at war. <br/><br/>Fotion gives a clear account of just war theory, presenting it as a useful device in helping us make decisions about what we should do when war appears on the horizon. Examining conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Israel, the Falklands and Afghanistan, the book interrogates the roles of the various parties involved in military action - the military, government officials, and the side-line judges (journalists, citizens, scholars, neutral nations) - and the role just war theory should play as a direct guide to behaviour. Articulate, provocative and stimulating, <em>War and Ethics</em> is an ideal introduction to this hugely important debate.</div>>

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Just war theory "is bleeding" says Fotion (philosophy, Emory U.) from under-use, from being used as window dressing, from the harms that have resulted from its use, from how loose and plastic it is, and from the evolving nature of war. However, it is not time to entirely scrap it he argues after a review of the theory, objections to it, and case studies of its application. Instead he proposes to fix it by constructing two revised just war theories, one for use in conflicts between states and one for use in asymmetrical conflicts. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The ethics of military action are at the heart of political debate in the West today - this book explores the philosophical implications of and for this hugely topical contemporary debate.

Synopsis:

<div>The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 prompted unprecedented public interest in the ethics of war, a debate that has raged furiously in the media, in politics and in the public consciousness ever since. In this fascinating and informative book, Nicholas Fotion, an expert on the ethics of military action, explores the notion of developing an ethical theory that guides the behaviour of those who are at war. <br/><br/>Fotion gives a clear account of just war theory, presenting it as a useful device in helping us make decisions about what we should do when war appears on the horizon. Examining conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Israel, the Falklands and Afghanistan, the book interrogates the roles of the various parties involved in military action - the military, government officials, and the side-line judges (journalists, citizens, scholars, neutral nations) - and the role just war theory should play as a direct guide to behaviour. Articulate, provocative and stimulating, <em>War and Ethics</em> is an ideal introduction to this hugely important debate.</div>>

Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Just War Theory3. Objections to Just War Theory4. Easy Cases: Germany, Japan, Korea5. Harder Cases: Serbia, Russia, Kosovo, Iraq6. Multiple Reasons7. More Problems for Just War Theory8. Prevention: Sri Lanka, Thailand9. Two Just War Theories10. Problems with Just War Theory I11. Problems with Just War Theory II12. Closing ThoughtsNotesBibliographyIndex

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826492609
Author:
Fotion, Nicholas
Publisher:
Continuum
Author:
Fotion, N.
Subject:
War
Subject:
Just war doctrine
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
War -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Think Now
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.67 x 5.36 x 0.59 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics
Humanities » Philosophy » General

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<div>The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 prompted unprecedented public interest in the ethics of war, a debate that has raged furiously in the media, in politics and in the public consciousness ever since. In this fascinating and informative book, Nicholas Fotion, an expert on the ethics of military action, explores the notion of developing an ethical theory that guides the behaviour of those who are at war. <br/><br/>Fotion gives a clear account of just war theory, presenting it as a useful device in helping us make decisions about what we should do when war appears on the horizon. Examining conflicts such as Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Israel, the Falklands and Afghanistan, the book interrogates the roles of the various parties involved in military action - the military, government officials, and the side-line judges (journalists, citizens, scholars, neutral nations) - and the role just war theory should play as a direct guide to behaviour. Articulate, provocative and stimulating, <em>War and Ethics</em> is an ideal introduction to this hugely important debate.</div>>
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