War and Self-Defense

War and Self-Defense

by David Rodin
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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"[War and Self-Defense] is clearly and shrewdly argued throughout, insightful, provocative, and elegantly written."—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"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."—Dominick Donald, The Guardian

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ISBN-13:
9780191531545
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/17/2002
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