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War for Peace: Genealogies of a Violent Ideal in Western and Islamic Thought

Murad Idris


Peace is the elimination of war, but peace also authorizes war. We are informed today that this universal ideal can only be secured by the wars that it eliminates. The paradoxical position of peace—opposed to war, authorizing war—is encapsulated by the claim that “war is for the sake of peace.” War for Peace is a genealogy of the political theoretic logics and morals of “peace.” It examines peace in political theory, as an ideal that authorizes war, in the writings of ten thinkers, from ancient to contemporary thought: Plato, Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī, Thomas Aquinas, Desiderius Erasmus, Alberico Gen ... More

Keywords: peace, war, Islamic, Western, empire, genealogy, violence, political theory, ideas, comparative

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190658014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190658014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Murad Idris, author
Assistant Professor of Politics, University of Virginia