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On the Ethics of War and Terrorism

Uwe Steinhoff


This book describes and explains the basic tenets of just war theory and gives a precise, succinct, and highly critical account of its present status and of the most important and controversial current debates surrounding it. Rejecting certain traditional, in effect medieval assumptions of just war theory and advancing a liberal outlook, it argues that every single individual is a legitimate authority and has, under certain circumstances, the right to declare war on others or the state. It also argues that just cause cannot be established independently of the other criteria of ius ad bellum (t ... More

Keywords: doctrine of double effect, innocence, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, just cause, just war theory, legitimate authority, non-combatant immunity, principle of discrimination, terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199217373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Uwe Steinhoff, author
Research Associate in Philosophy, The Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War, University of Oxford
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