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Just and Unjust Wars A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations
     

Just and Unjust Wars A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations

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by Michael Walzer
 

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This classic work examines the issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war from the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai massacre. A revised and updated classic treatment of the morality of war written by one of our country's leading philosophers. Just and Unjust Wars examines a variety of conflicts in order to understand exactly

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This classic work examines the issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war from the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai massacre. A revised and updated classic treatment of the morality of war written by one of our country's leading philosophers. Just and Unjust Wars examines a variety of conflicts in order to understand exactly why, according to Walzer, "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity." Walzer's classic work draws on historical illustrations that range all the way from the Athenian attack on Melos to this morning's headlines, and uses the testimony of participants-decision makers and victims alike-to examine the moral issues of warfare.

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
A magnificent book, an honor to its writer.
Booknews
A reprint with a new preface of Walzer's respected treatment of the morality of war. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465037056
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/1977
Series:
Basic Books Classics Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Michael Walzer is Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and the author of many widely heralded books, including Spheres of Justice, Exodus and Revolution , and The Company of Critics , all available from Basic Books. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Michael Walzer's book is an in-depth look at the morality of war. It is not an easy read especially for the laymen. It helps if the reader has a good grounding in philosophy and understands the idea of 'moral relativism'. His book makes an in depth study of many facets of what takes place in warfare. The chapter that I found most interesting because it is in the news so much was on pre-emptive warfare. Walzer does believe that countries have the right to go to war pre-emotively but he does set the bar quite high. He believes a country must really be under eminent attack before it acts pre-emotively. He did believe that Israel acted justly in its pre-emptive attack against the Arabs in the 1967 war. He also defines terrorism as a criminal act and not a justifiable act of war. He makes a clear distinction between terrorism and guerilla warfare, deeming guerilla warfare a moral method of warfare. I recommend this book for military, political professionals and for philosophers.