Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War: Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives

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At a time when moral questions about armed force are at the forefront of the public's attention, this volume offers insight on current challenges related to war, nationalism, and justice. Though recent publications on military ethics abound, this work adds to the debate by considering the historical background of just war theory in the Middle Ages, before going on to elucidate its contemporary challenges. The book covers a wide range of topics and raises issues rarely touched on in the ethics-of-war literature, such as environmental concerns and the responsibility of bystanders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813215020
  • Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
The Medieval Roots of Just War
Thinking Morally about War in the Middle Ages and Today   James Turner Johnson     3
Taming Warriors in Classical and Early Medieval Political Theory   John von Heyking     11
Augustine and Just War: Between Virtue and Duties   Henrik Syse     36
Just War, Schism, and Peace in St. Augustine   Phillip W. Gray     51
Is There a "Presumption against War" in Aquinas's Ethics?   Gregory M. Reichberg     72
Poets and Politics: Just War in Geoffrey Chaucer and Christine de Pizan   Kate L. Forhan     99
Reflections on Medieval Just War Theories: A Commentary on Part One   Gerson Moreno-Riano     117
Contemporary Problems of War, Nationalism, and Ethics
Maintaining the Protection of Noncombatants   James Turner Johnson     151
Protecting the Natural Environment in Wartime: Ethical Considerations from the Just War Tradition   Gregory M. Reichberg   Henrik Syse     190
U.N.-Authorized Interventions: A Slippery Slope of Forcible Interference?   Anne Julie Semb     218
Ethical Uncertainties of Nationalism   Dan Smith     246
The Sort of Nationalism and Patriotism That Europe Needs   Andreas Follesdal     267
Defining and Delivering Justice: The Work of the Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunals   James Meernik     290
The Legitimacy of Anticipatory Defense and Forcible Regime Change   Dieter Janssen     323
Genocide: A Case for the Responsibility of the Bystander   Arne Johan Vetlesen     352
The Ethical Core of the Nation-State: A Postscript to Part Two   J. Peter Burgess     372
Contributors     385
Index     389
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