The Ethics of War

The Ethics of War

Shared Problems in Different Traditions

Book - 2006
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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.

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Mostly British scholars of religion, philosophy, history, and politics consider the Islamic, Jewish, and Indian traditions regarding ethics and war, and the Graeco-Roman antecedents of Christian ideas, which are deemed too well covered elsewhere to considered here. They also apply principles to such contemporary problems as asymmetric war, preventive war and the killing of the innocent, and humanitarian intervention. The rationale for the study is that parties or interveners in a dispute should understand the traditions of all parties involved. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2006
ISBN: 9780754654483
Characteristics: ix, 253 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sorabji, Richard
Rodin, David

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