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Morality and WarCan War Be Just in the Twenty-first Century?$
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David Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599240

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599240.001.0001

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Introduction: A New Look at an Old Tradition

Introduction: A New Look at an Old Tradition

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(p.1) Introduction: A New Look at an Old Tradition
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Morality and War
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599240.003.0001

The book addresses three challenges to just‐war thinking. First, how can a theory developed in medieval Christendom guide our thinking about war in a predominantly secular and increasingly morally sceptical twenty‐first century society? Second, how can a theory developed for the guidance of medieval princes offer help to ordinary service people, including the ‘strategic corporal’ whose tactical decisions may have strategic significance? Third, how can we ensure politicians and service people are not only familiar with just‐war thinking but behave justly. To answer these challenges the book develops in Part One a framework for moral reasoning—called virtuous consequentialism—that seeks to furnish a rationale for moral principles in general and the just‐war principles in particular and also a guide to their application in practice. The just‐war principles, so reinforced, are put to work in Part Two to answer contemporary security challenges.

Keywords:   Christendom, scepticism, security challenges, strategic corporal, princes, just‐war principles, virtuous consequentialism

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