War and Self-Defense / Edition 1

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"This book proposes a comprehensive new view of the right of self-defense which resolves many of the perplexing questions that have dogged both jurists and moral philosophers. By applying this theory to international relations, Rodin produces a far-reaching critique of the canonical Just War Theory." Wars of national-defense cannot be justified reductively as 'collective self-defense'. Nor can they be explained in terms of a state-held right analogous to the right of personal self-defense. A line of argument that has dominated moral and legal thinking about war for over 1,500 years is shown to be bankrupt. This conclusion points the way to what must surely be one of the most significant challenges of the twenty-first century: the development of a new framework for the regulation of international violence, one which appropriately balances the rights and obligations of states, communities, and individuals.
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"If you want an original, hugely intelligent...understanding of the just war principle, with fascinating spins on war guilt and when it is right to kill an enemy... turn to David Rodin's War and Self-Defense"-- The Guardian, January 11, 2003

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199275410
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. I. Self-Defense Rights
2. A Model of Defensive Rights
3. Consequences and Forced Choice
4. Grounding Self-Defense in Rights
5. II. National Defense International Law
6. Defense of Persons
7. The Common Life
8. War, Responsibility and Law Enforcement
9. Conclusion: Morality and Realism

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