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War, Conflict and Ethics


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Ethical judgments are relevant to all phases of protracted violent conflict and inter-state war. Before, during, and after the tumult, martial forces are guided, in part, by their sense of morality for assessing whether an action is (morally) right or wrong, an event has good and/or bad consequences, and an individual (or group) is inherently virtuous or evil. This new book series focuses on the morality of decisions by military and political leaders to engage in violence and the normative underpinnings of military strategy and tactics in the prosecution of the war.

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Contemporary Just War: Theory and Practice

Contemporary Just War: Theory and Practice

Tamar Meisels
August 31, 2017

This book offers a renewed defense of traditional just war theory and considers its application to certain contemporary cases, particularly in the Middle East. The first part of the book addresses and responds to the central theoretical criticisms levelled at traditional just war theory. It offers...

Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century

Just War Thinkers: From Cicero to the 21st Century

Daniel R. Brunstetter, Cian O’Driscoll
August 21, 2017

This volume offers a set of concise and accessible introductions to the seminal figures in the historical development of the just war tradition. In what, if any, circumstances are political communities justified in going to war? And what limits should apply to the conduct of any such war? The just...

Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence

Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence

Daniel Rothbart, Karina Korostelina, Mohammed Cherkaoui
July 28, 2017

This book explores the issue of civilian devastation in modern warfare, focusing on the complex processes that effectively establish civilians’ identity in times of war. Underpinning the physicality of war’s tumult are structural forces that create landscapes of civilian vulnerability. Such forces...

Ethics, Norms and the Narratives of War: Creating and Encountering the Enemy Other

Ethics, Norms and the Narratives of War: Creating and Encountering the Enemy Other

Pamela Creed
May 22, 2017

This book examines the ethics and values that render a war discourse normative, and features the stories of American soldiers who fought in the Iraq War to show how this narrative can change. The invasion of Iraq, launched in March 2003, was led by the United States under the now discredited claim...

Chinese Just War Ethics: Origin, Development, and Dissent

Chinese Just War Ethics: Origin, Development, and Dissent

Ping-Cheung Lo, Sumner B Twiss
January 31, 2017

This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of warfare ethics in early China as well as its subsequent development. Chinese attitudes toward war are rich and nuanced, ranging across amoral realism, defensive just war, humanitarian intervention, and mournful skepticism. Covering the five...

Privatizing War: A Moral Theory

Privatizing War: A Moral Theory

William Feldman
June 20, 2016

This book offers a comprehensive moral theory of privatization in war. It examines the kind of wars that private actors might wage separate from the state and the kind of wars that private actors might wage as functionaries of the state. The first type of war serves to probe the ad bellum question...

Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War

Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War

William H. Shaw
February 15, 2016

This book offers a detailed utilitarian analysis of the ethical issues involved in war. Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War addresses the two basic ethical questions posed by war: when, if ever, are we morally justified in waging war, and if recourse to arms is warranted, how are we permitted to...

Armed Drones and the Ethics of War: Military virtue in a post-heroic age

Armed Drones and the Ethics of War: Military virtue in a post-heroic age

Christian Enemark
May 22, 2015

This book assesses the ethical implications of using armed unmanned aerial vehicles (‘hunter-killer drones’) in contemporary conflicts. The American way of war is trending away from the heroic and towards the post-heroic, driven by a political preference for air-powered management of strategic...

The Ethics of Nuclear Weapons Dissemination: Moral Dilemmas of Aspiration, Avoidance and Prevention

The Ethics of Nuclear Weapons Dissemination: Moral Dilemmas of Aspiration, Avoidance and Prevention

Thomas E. Doyle, II
January 26, 2015

This book examines the moral dilemmas of nuclear dissemination, and the justifications of both nuclear pursuit and avoidance by contemporary states. Applying Constructivist methodologies and moral theory, the author analyses a core set of moral dilemmas that ensnare decision-makers amongst state...

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