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Overview

"War has been a key topic of speculation and theorizing ever since the invention of philosophy in classical antiquity. This anthology brings together the work of distinguished contemporary political philosophers and theorists who address the leading normative and conceptual issues concerning war. The book is divided into four parts: historical background, initiating war, waging war, and ending war. The contributors aim to provide a comprehensive introduction to each of these main areas of dispute concerning war." Each essay is an original contribution to ongoing debates on various aspects of war and provides a survey of the main topics in each subfield. Serving as a companion to the theoretical issues pertaining to war, this volume also is an important contribution to debates in political philosophy. It can serve as a textbook for relevant courses on war offered in philosophy departments, religious studies programs, and law schools.
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Editorial Reviews

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"May offers an excellent anthology on war in four parts...Well written and argued, each of the articles covers a critical aspect of war or just war theory...Summing up: Highly recommended."
-R. Werner, Hamilton College, Choice

"... Larry May's collection of fifteen original essays makes an excellent contribution to the discourse... this is a highly nuanced exploration of just war, it is recommended for upper-level undergraduates, higher academicians, and policymakers."
-Ann C. Wyman, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521700047
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry May is professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and Research Professor of Social Justice at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt and Australian National Universities. He is the author of many books, most recently Crimes Against Humanity, which won an honorable mention from the American Society of International Law and Best Book award from the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and War Crimes and Just War, which won the Frank Chapman Sharp Prize for the best book on the philosophy of war and peace from the American Philosophical Association.
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Table of Contents

Introduction Larry May May, Larry Emily Crookston Crookston, Emily 1

I Historical Background

1 Jus ad Bellum Gregory M. Reichberg Reichberg, Gregory M. 11

2 The Jus in Bello in Historical and Philosophical Perspective Nicholas Rengger Rengger, Nicholas 30

II Initiating War

3 The Principle of Just Cause Larry May May, Larry 49

4 Aggression and Punishment Jeff McMahan McMahan, Jeff 67

5 Responding to Humanitarian Crises Cindy Holder Holder, Cindy 85

6 War and Democracy James Bohman Bohman, James 105

III Waging War

7 Proportionality and Necessity Thomas Hurka Hurka, Thomas 127

8 Collateral Damage David Lefkowitz Lefkowitz, David 145

9 Weapons of Mass Destruction: Are They Morally Special? Steven P. Lee Lee, Steven P. 165

10 Justifying Torture as an Act of War Michael Davis Davis, Michael 187

11 On Terrorism: Definition, Defense, and Women Marilyn Friedman Friedman, Marilyn 204

IV Ending War

12 War's Aftermath: The Challenges of Reconciliation Trudy Govier Govier, Trudy 229

13 Amnesties and International Law Christopher Heath Wellman Wellman, Christopher Heath 249

14 War Crimes: The Law of Hell David Luban Luban, David 266

15 Revenge and Demonization Nancy Sherman Sherman, Nancy 289

Bibliography 307

Index 321

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