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War and the Politics of Ethics

Maja Zehfuss


Contemporary Western war is represented as enacting the West’s ability and responsibility to help make the world a better place for others, in particular to protect them from oppression and serious human rights abuses. That is, war has become permissible again, indeed even required, as ethical war. At the same time, however, Western war kills and destroys. This creates a paradox: Western war risks killing those it proposes to protect. This book examines how we have responded to this dilemma and challenges the vision of ethical war itself. That is, it explores how the commitment to ethics shape ... More

Keywords: ethics, politics, practice, Western war, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807995
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maja Zehfuss, author
Professor of International Politics, The University of Manchester