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The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions / Edition 1

The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions / Edition 1

by Richard Sorabji, David Rodin
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9/11 and the subsequent invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have left many people baffled and concerned. This interdisciplinary study of the ethics of war provides an excellent orientation not only to present, but also to future conflicts. It looks both back at historical traditions of ethical thought and forward to contemporary and emerging issues. The Ethics of War traces how different cultures involved in present conflicts have addressed similar problems over the centuries. Distinguished authors reflect how the Graeco-Roman world, Byzantium, the Christian just war tradition, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and the Geneva Conventions have addressed recurrent ethical problems of war. Cutting-edge essays by prominent modern theorists address vital contemporary issues including asymmetric war, preventive war, human rights and humanitarian intervention. Distinguished academics, ethical leaders, and public policy figures have collaborated in this innovative and accessible guide to ethical issues in war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754654490
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/30/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Professor Richard Sorabji, CBE, FBA, is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and Fellow and Professor Emeritus of King's College, London. He was formerly Director of Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, and Gresham Professor of Rhetoric. Dr David Rodin is Director of Research at Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Philosophy Faculty, Oxford, UK, and is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University, Australia. He is also a steering committee member for the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Richard Sorabji and David Rodin. Part I Traditions: Just war from ancient origins to the Conquistadors debate and its modern relevance, Richard Sorabji; The just war of Eastern Christians and the holy war of the Crusaders, Angeliki Laiou; Conceptions of justice in war: from Grotius to modern times, Karma Nabulsi; Arguments concerning resistance in contemporary Islam, John Kelsay; War and reason in Maimonides and Averroes, Noah Feldman; The ethics of war: Judaism, Norman Solomon; Just war in the Mahabharata, Nick Allen. Part II Contemporary Problems: The ethics of asymmetric war, David Rodin; Preventive war and the killing of the innocent, Jeff McMahan; War, humanitarian intervention and human rights, Richard Norman; Culture, the enemy and the moral restraint of war, Anthony Coates; Application of just war criteria in the period 1959-89, Richard Harries; Britain's wars since 1945, Michael Quinlan; Index.

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