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Cosmopolitan War

Cécile Fabre


The book articulates and defends a cosmopolitan theory of the just war. It takes the following two views as its starting point: first, the individual is the fundamental locus of concern and respect; second, political borders are arbitrary from a moral point of view and largely irrelevant to individuals' entitlements central. With those two assumptions in hand, the book shows that some key principles of just-war ethics — notably, the just-cause requirement, the requirement of legitimate authority, the principle of discrimination, and the requirement of proportionality — need defending. It does ... More

Keywords: just-war theory, ethics of killing, cosmopolitanism, national defence, civil wars, humanitarian wars, mercenarism, asymmetrical warfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567164
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567164.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cécile Fabre, author
Lincoln College, Oxford

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