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Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers?

Fernando Tesón and Bas van der Vossen


The book offers contrasting views of humanitarian intervention—a war aimed at ending tyranny or violence. Fernando Tesón argues that humanitarian interventions are sometimes permissible; Bas van der Vossen argues that as a rule they are not. The authors use the tools of modern analytic philosophy, in particular just war theory, to substantiate their claims. According to Tesón, a humanitarian intervention has the same just cause as a justified revolution: ending tyranny. He analyzes the different kinds of just cause and whether or not an intervener may pursue other justified causes. For Tesón, ... More

Keywords: humanitarian, intervention, war, revolution, aid, philosophy, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190202903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190202903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fernando Tesón, author
Tobias Simon Eminent Scholar, Florida State University College of Law

Bas van der Vossen, author
Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department, University of North Carolina at Greensboro