War and Self-Defense

War and Self-Defense

by David Rodin
     
 

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When is it right to go to war? The most persuasive answer to this question has always been 'in self-defense'. In a penetrating new analysis, bringing together moral philosophy, political science, and law, David Rodin shows what's wrong with this answer. He proposes a comprehensive new theory of the right of self-defense which resolves many of the perplexing questions

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When is it right to go to war? The most persuasive answer to this question has always been 'in self-defense'. In a penetrating new analysis, bringing together moral philosophy, political science, and law, David Rodin shows what's wrong with this answer. He proposes a comprehensive new theory of the right of self-defense which resolves many of the perplexing questions that have dogged both jurists and moral philosophers. By applying the theory of self-defense to international relations, Rodin produces a far-reaching critique of the canonical Just War theory. The simple analogy between self-defense and national defense - between the individual and the state - needs to be fundamentally rethought, and with it many of the basic elements of international law and the ethics of international relations.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191531545
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2002
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
486 KB

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