War Crimes and Collective Wrongdoing: A Reader / Edition 1

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This timely volume addresses urgent questions about the nature of war crimes, nationalism, ethnic cleansing and collective responsibility from a variety of moral, political and legal perspectives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The systematic and critical exploration of war crimes in this collection exemplifies an interdisciplinary approach to the current debate on a variety of ethical, legal, social, and political issues relating to war crimes. In its original and systematic approach, the collection represents a major contribution to that debate." Aleksandar Pavkovic, Macquarie University, Sydney

"Featuring a roster of prominent authors, this volume takes a broad and reflective approach full of concern for human rights and responsive to current events." Thomas W. Pogge, Columbia University

...[T]he collection is clearly designed for course use, and its potential uses are apparent. The initial explorations on the moral origins and foundations of human rights law will be useful for instructors in laying the ground in the initial weeks of a course, before moving on to the historical development of concepts and practices of human rights. The history and debate on international trials and "transitional justice" offer a useful introduction or accompaniment to an empirical exploration of recent or ongoing trials. And the material on issues of collective guilt/responsibility/remorse provides a rich backdrop for investigations of the cultural and political dilemmas facing postwar societies. Instructors will also appreciate the additional material. The introduction to Anthony Ellis summarizes each of the articles while providing a road map to the controversies that divide the authors. And the editor, Aleksandar Jokic, provides brief essays at the end of each section which highlight the important points of each article and suggest further reading.

In general, this is an enlightening and provocative collection. Jokic performs an important service by reminding readers that the political current toward the inclusion of human rights in international governance relies on philosophical and moral postulates which are far from settled, and offers a collection of essays which outline well what the controversies are. Teachers and instructors will appreciate his having gathered the material in one place. Researchers and activists will be grateful to Aleksandar Jokic for organizing this collection which helps to remind them why they do what they do in the first place."

Eric Gordy, Balkan Academic Book Review 28/2001

"These thought-provoking essays are of a high scholarly quality and will be useful to academics concerned with human rights, international law, and the ethics of "transitional justice"." M. Amstutz, Choice, November 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631225058
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/16/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Aleksandar Jokic is Professor of Philosophy and Conflict Resolution in the Graduate Program at Portland State University. He is Executive Director of the Center for Philosophical Education, founding editor of STOA - International Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy - and co-founder of the International Law and Ethics Conference Series. He is the author of Aspects of Scientific Discovery (1996), editor of the forthcoming From History to Justice (2000), and co-editor with Quentin Smith of Time, Tense, and Reference (2000) and Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.



Introduction: Anthony Ellis (Virginia Commonwealth University).

Part I: What are War Crimes?:.

1. Unchosen Evil and Moral Responsibility: Peter French (University of South Florida).

2. War Crimes and Human Rights: Alan Gewirth (University of Chicago).

3. War Crimes: Moral, Legal or Simply Political?: Jovan Babic (University of Belgrade).


Further Reading.

Part II: Trials for War Crimes:.

4. War Crimes and Virtue Ethics: Michael Slote (University of Maryland, College Park).

5. Whose Trials? Whose Reconciliation?: Burleigh Wilkins (University of California, Santa Barbara).

6. What Should We Do With War Criminals?: Anthony Ellis (Virginia Commonwealth University).

7. Accountability and the Legacy of Nuremberg: Richard Falk (Princeton University).


Further Reading.

Part III: Nationalism and Collective Wrongdoing:.

8. Secession and Self-Determination; A Legal, Moral, and Political Analysis: Alfred Rubin (Tufts University).


Further Reading.

Part IV: The Aftermath of Collective Wrongdoing:.

9. Collective Responsibility, 'Moral Luck,' and Reconciliation: David Cooper (University of Durham).

10. Collective Remorse: Margaret Gilbert (University of Connecticut, Storrs).

11. Reparations to Native Americans?: Angelo Corlett (San Diego State University).

12. Transitional Justice and International Civil Society: David Crocker (University of Maryland).


Further Reading.


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