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Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-first Century?

David Fisher


There has been a recent revival of interest in the just‐war tradition. But can a medieval theory help us answer twenty‐first‐century security concerns? The book explores how just‐war thinking needs to be developed to provide such guidance. Part One examines challenges to just‐war thinking, including those posed by moral scepticism and relativism. It explores the nature and grounds of moral reasoning; the relation between public and private morality; and how just‐war teaching needs to be refashioned to provide practical guidance not just to politicians and generals but to ordinary service peopl ... More

Keywords: consequentialism, humanitarian intervention, Iraq war, just‐war tradition, pre‐emption, public/private morality, relativism, scepticism, torture, virtues, virtuous consequentialism, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199599240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Fisher, author
Visiting Senior Fellow, Kings College, London
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